The special inquiry commission appointed by Defense Minster Amir Peretz to investigate the failures of the recent war in Lebanon has unexpectedly terminated it operations. The two reasons given are Prime Minister Olmert’s intention of appointing a National Inquiry Committee, and the legal difficulties of giving testimonial privilege to the committee such as the IDF had requested.
The special commission, headed by former IDF Chief of Staff Lt General (Ret) Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, met only once.
Prime Minister Olmert said that within a day or two he will decide which government committee will be appointed: a national level committee or one level below that. The question is now being examined by Attorney General Meni Mazuz.
“We will learn the lessons so we can make Israel stronger and move it forward,” said Olmert.