'Winograd report all but forgotten'

C'tee member claims sufficient resources not provided to implement recommendations of report.

Dror 224.88 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski )
Dror 224.88
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski )
"There are more than a few elements that want the Winograd Report to be buried," Winograd Committee member Prof. Yehezkel Dror told the Knesset State Control Committee on Monday. Asked by one of the Knesset committee members who these elements were, Dror replied, "I don't know." Dror spoke at a meeting convened by the committee to consider asking State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss to prepare a report on whether or not the recommendations of the Winograd Committee are being carried out by the government. Dror told the MKs that the government was doing a poor job of implementing the conclusions of Winograd. He presented a list which estimated the degree to which the six main recommendations of the Winograd Committee had been implemented. • Rebuilding of the National Security Council - Not accomplished. • Rebuilding of a structure to assess the national security and diplomatic situation - Not accomplished and not seriously looked into. • Full integration of the Foreign Ministry in diplomatic and security decisions - Partially implemented. • Development of basic strategic documents which integrate political and security perspectives - Highly doubtful if accomplished and doubtful whether the proper tools have been prepared and manpower hired for its implementation. • Rebuilding of the Home Front Command from a strategic perspective - Partly accomplished, but in a highly problematic way. • Systematic oversight of the implementation of the committee's recommendations - not accomplished. Cabinet Secretary Ovad Yehezkel also appeared before the committee and rejected much of Dror's criticism. "The government is treating the report very seriously," he said. "Some of the measures take time, sometimes more than we thought. The Winograd Report is like a cabinet decision as far as we are concerned." Regarding the recommendations that the committee made in the first (interim) report published last year, Yehezkel said the government had initiated the National Security Council bill which had already passed first reading and was being prepared for second and final readings in the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. The ties between the Prime Minister's Office and the Foreign Ministry had also been strengthened and the two ministers, Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni, met frequently, he continued. The government had also endorsed the main points of the final report published in January and had established a ministerial committee headed by Olmert to oversee implementation of its recommendations. Meanwhile, Lindenstrauss told the committee it was too early to prepare a report on whether or not the recommendations were being carried out. "The time that has gone by since the report was published is relatively short," he said. "We would prefer to see how things are carried out in the field before beginning to conduct such a report." The committee accepted Lindenstrauss' position and told him to prepare the report whenever he saw fit. News agencies contributed to this report.