It is amazing how some people can read 617 pages in two or three hours and in this time also write a commentary.
Many Israeli pundits decided prematurely that the Winograd report was positive for PM Ehud Olmert or at least not very negative and that he is saved.
But the party is not yet over. Even at the press conference the committee expressed strong critique against the political echelon and though the report did not criticize the decision to launch the war and the decision to start with the land operation as such, these omissions stand in sharp contradictions to the facts the committee had gathered and published. These contradictions are so obvious that they must be intended.
The Winograd committee was nominated by Olemrt and the members were not allowed to be in their final report as harsh with their critique as they had been in the interim report. But still the massive critique can be read without any necessity of complicate interpretation and intellectual gymnastic. It is not surprising that one of the members, who is not named, protested against the interpretation of the report as an acquittal for Olmert.
Ha’aretz leading journalist Ari Shavit sees in the report even a requiem for the state and he describes part of the failures mentioned in it:
„And here, on
page 543, it says that the failure to choose between two plausible models for
Israeli action constituted a grave failing. And on page 545 it says that the
prolonged dithering without any clear decision reflected a fundamental and
serious failing. And on page 546 it says that the avoidance of preparation for
a broad ground operation reflected a total lack of decision-making. And on page
547 it says that the absence of orderly discussion about certain developments
was a blatant failing. And on page 548 it says that the actions and failures of the political echelon and
military echelon created a double failure - for which supreme responsibility lies with the political echelon. And on page 549 it
says that in the interface between the
It is obvious that nobody and for sure not a
committee nominated by Olmert can give a final and
conclusive analysis of the
One thing on the very short run is for sure. The Israeli war minister Ehud Barak is now in a very awkward situation. On the one side he promised several months ago that he will resign from the government after the publishing of the final report and therefore he was elected to head the „Labor“ party. On the other hand if he will resign it is not sure that he will be again in the government as Benyamin Nethanyahu leads in the polls. But what will happen if Nethanyahu will promise him the war ministry one way or another?
There is a „solution“ for Barak and also for Olmert to come
out of the mess and that is to launch a bigger mess in the form of a big
Barak is expected to make his decision known on Sunday, will
there be a pretext for the