PM to alter war probe appointment

Set to appoint retired judge instead of former Mossad chief Nahum Admoni.

admoni commission 298 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski and IDF)
admoni commission 298
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski and IDF)
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was set on Monday to appoint a retired judge to head the government war probe into the management of the war in Lebanon. The prime minister reneged on his decision to appoint former Mossad chief Nahum Admoni, deciding to swap him with retired judge Eliyahu Weingard. Olmert has apparently already turned to the former judge to head the probe but the candidate has refused to comment, Israel Radio reported. Channel 2 News reported Sunday that Olmert had approached Maj.-Gen. (res.) Haim Erez, Maj.-Gen. (res.) Ze'ev Livne and Herzl Shapir, a former police inspector-general, as possible replacements, with two of them expected to join the panel, pending their approval by Mazuz. Olmert intends to submit the appointment of the probe for Knesset approval on Tuesday along with his decision to turn to State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss to present his opinion on the preparedness of the Home Front. The appointment of the retired judge is set to allay the controversy surrounding Admoni's candidacy. Army Radio reported on Sunday that Olmert twice chose Admoni's wife Nina for a seat on an unspecified board of directors and also appointed her as an observer on a special ministry panel responsible for granting permits to foreign corporations. It also reported that Nina Admoni serves as the representative of an American company which has commercial ties with Boeing, which supplies aircraft parts to the air force. The Movement for Quality Government in Israel, which has been leading a public campaign to establish a state commission of inquiry, urged Admoni to remove his candidacy due to his wife's connections with Olmert. Eliad Shraga, the head of group, said Sunday night that the organization was considering petitioning the High Court of Justice.