Steinitz 'surprised' by PM's Winograd testimony

Likud MK Yuval Steinitz said Thursday afternoon that he was "surprised" by the reports that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had told the Winograd Commission that the decision on the summer's Lebanon war had been taken months in advance. Steinitz, who chaired the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee at the time of the war, told Israel Radio that he had not witnessed any intensified preparations for an armed conflict in the North, and that there had been no special discussions of such a possibility. In addition, Steinitz said that two months before the war broke out, the prime minister had cut half a billion shekels from the IDF budget. Steinitz said that it was unlikely that someone intending to go to war would make such a decision.