The Vinograd committee for the investigation into the performance of the military and political echelons regarding the war in Lebanon has convened its first meeting which was dedicated mainly to technical issues: work procedures, appointing a secretary, a spokesperson, and researchers.
In a statement released by the committee, the members “thanked the cabinet, the Prime Minister, and the Defense Minister for the trust they have given us. We will do everything in our power to conduct a credible, independent, fast, and efficient probe of the issues we have been asked to investigate.”
The statement goes on to say that “the scope of the issues we were asked to investigate is very wide. The committee will decide on our operating methods and our priorities in order to ensure that the committee will be able to fulfill the requirements of both efficiency and credibility.”
The committee will decide in the coming days where they will conduct their operation and their deliberations. Regarding the question of publicity, it was decided that the deliberations would be open to the public. Only deliberations on issues that are classified or sensitive will be conducted in private. The committee also announced they will appoint a media liaison who will communicate with the press and the public.
Before the committee will hear witnesses, it will concentrate on gathering written material in order to better understand the issues. The members agreed that the committee will meet on a daily basis due to the huge amount of material and the need to hear dozens, if not hundreds, of witnesses.