Broad changes recommended for PMO

Shahak C'tee advises more authority for NSC head, daily briefings for PM.

amnon lipkin-shahak  (photo credit: Courtesy)
amnon lipkin-shahak
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The Shahak Committee, appointed by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to oversee the implementation of the interim Winograd report's conclusions, has recommended that sweeping changes be made in the Prime Minister's Office, Yediot Aharonot reported Tuesday. According to the report, the head of the National Security Council would become a more prominent presence in the PMO, briefing the prime minister daily on diplomatic and security matters. In addition, national security and national crisis centers would be set up in the PMO. Furthermore, the Shahak Committee recommended that the prime minister's military secretary be an officer ranked lower than colonel. However, former National Security Council head Uzi Dayan said that the current prime minister was incapable of making the changes called for by the Shahak Committee. "The troops need to be led by a prime minister with knowledge, experience, and authority in national security," Dayan said. "There's an Arab proverb that says 'the caravan's camels are depressed because they're being led by a donkey.'" Dayan added that he did not believe the Knesset would approve the committee's recommended changes.