High Court rejects Winograd petitions

Beinisch: C'tee can make own decision on personal recommendations and needn't send warnings.

beinisch 224.88 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Winograd Committee is not required to send advance warning letters to those who would be harmed by the conclusions in its final report, the High Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday, rejecting a petition by the Military Defender's Office. Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch wrote in the ruling that since the court could not determine, at this stage, the degree of harm that those mentioned in the report would incur, it could not possibly rule on whether those parties could have a right to protest before the report's publication. In addition, the court rejected a petition by the Movement for Quality Government to require the committee to make personal recommendations. Beinisch declared that it was the committee's responsibility to make such decisions. Recently, the Winograd Committee announced that it would not publish facts, conclusions or recommendations that stood to harm any individual who held a senior position during the Second Lebanon War. The announcement caused controversy because it meant that no one could defend himself in case the committee did, indeed, criticize individuals, while others were annoyed that the committee would not call for punishing those found responsible for the war's failures. The final report is scheduled to come out in the next few weeks. Dan Izenberg contributed to this report.