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Olmert, General Staff discuss war lessons
Major findings of various investigation teams, including those of former IDF chief of staff, presented to prime minister
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met Thursday evening with the Israel Defense Forces General Staff to study the lessons learned from the recent war in Lebanon.

 

The major conclusions and findings of the various teams that investigated the failures of the war were presented to the prime minister at the meeting. Former IDF Chief of Staff, Dan Shomron, who examined the work of the General Staff, came to the meeting to present its actions during the war.

 

Resigning IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Dan Halutz and Defense Minister Amir Peretz also spoke at the meeting.


Olmert and the forum (Photo: Amos Ben-Gershom, GPO)

 

Former IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Yaalon testified Thursday for the second time before the Winograd Committee, investigating the conduct of IDF and the government during the second Lebanon war.

 

The former Chief of Staff was summoned once before to provide details that were missing from various testimonies. Three weeks ago, Yaalon provided details regarding IDF military tactics for clashes with Hizbullah and IDF activities in the northern region after the abduction of the three soldiers in 2000.

 

On Wednesday, Defense Minister Amir Peretz appeared before the committee in what was one of the most important testimonies. Peretz answered the committee's questions for close to five hours. He described, inter alia, the decision processes and the consultations he held with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert before the war began.

 

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