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Winograd Commission presents partial report
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Winograd Commission member: Report could topple government
As publication of final report on Second Lebanon War draws near, commission member tells Ynet report's conclusions could have dramatic ramifications for Israeli political system

"The final report of the Winograd Commission is expected to be dramatic and decisive," a member on the commission told Ynet Thursday, ahead of the report's publication in two weeks' time.

 

The member also stated that the report could have "drastic ramifications" for the political system, and could even lead to a toppling of the government.

 

The commission's spokesman refused to comment on the statements at this point.

 

Winograd's preliminary report, which was released in April 2007, strongly criticized Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, then-Defense Minister Amir Peretz, then-Chief of Staff Dan Halutz and the government as a whole for their functioning during the first five days of the campaign.

 

The final report is set to focus on the period leading up the ceasefire agreement, signed on August 12, 2006, and also cover the years that preceded the war, since Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000.

 

The report is also expected to spotlight the last 48 hours of the fighting, which took place parallel to diplomatic efforts to finalize the UN Security Council ceasefire resolution.

 

'Elections will likely be pushed up'  

While the commission said it would not include individual recommendations in its conclusions, the member stated that the report would contain "difficult findings" regarding the deaths of 33 soldiers during the final operation of the war. These conclusions, he said, "will, at the very least, move up the general elections."

 

The main issues set to be covered by the report include the decision-making process employed by the political echelon during the war; the relations between the political and military echelons throughout the campaign; the handling of the home front; and of course, the war's results.

 

The report will be presented to the public in a special press conference on January 30 at the Jerusalem International Convention Center. Dozens of local and foreign journalists are expected to attend the conference.

 

An hour prior to the event, the report will be handed to the prime minister and defense minister.

 

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