The prime minister’s office announced its opposition to the publication of the Wingorad Commission testimonies on Wednesday morning.
The announcement included criticism of the High Court of Justice, which gave the order to make public testimonies by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Amir Peretz, and former IDF Chief Dan Halutz.
“Our position is that the publication of the testimonies should be avoided at this time, since such a publication seriously damages vital national interests,” the announcement said.
“This publication could deter others from testifying openly and freely before investigation commissions. Consequently, the ability of these commissions to realize their original purpose of identifying and fixing deficiencies will be damaged.”
‘Olmert is insolent’
The announcement also pointed out that Attorney General Menachem Mazuz shared the same opinion, although the Supreme Court rejected the stance.
Knesset Member Zehava Gal-On, who originally made the appeal to the High Court, criticized the announcement, and said, “This is the height of insolence, since the prime minister was the first to leak his testimony to the press in a way which served his own interests. Now he wants to prevent the publication of his testimony, and avoid public debate.”
“The prime minister pledged there would be no difference between the Winograd commission and a state commission of inquiry, and as the law requires, the protocols should have been published even without my appeal,” Gal-On concluded.