Israel Military and Government Inquiry Begins

Defense Minister Amir Peretz will establish a committee to address the criticisms over its handling of the conflict. and Defense Minister Amir Peretz will establish a committee to address the criticisms over its handling of the conflict.

Israel Military and Government Inquiry Begins

Support for Israel's government is rapidly sinking after soaring to 80 percent in the first days of the attacks against Lebanon. Israel is searching for the "fall guys" to blame for the defeat against Hezbollah.

Two thirds of the public called for an independent commission to investigate Israel's conduct during the war, and Defense Minister Amir Peretz will establish a committee to address the criticisms over its handling of the conflict.

The commission will present its preliminary report to the ministry within three weeks.

The results of a survey published in two newspapers revealed that 67-69 percent of Israelis back an official inquiry into the war's execution.

Other polls showed that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Peretz lost prestige.

Criticizing Israel's "strong reaction" in retaliation to the Hezbollah kidnapping of two soldiers, the Israeli public are demanding an investigation into the performance of both the government and the military.

The commission will examine the performance of Olmert as well as that of chief of general staff and other top level commanders.

Inquiry commissions were set up in Israel following the Yom Kippur War in 1973 and the massacres of Sabra and Shatilla in 1982.

Soldiers were held responsible in both inquiries and the term's defense minister Ariel Sharon, nicknamed "the butcher," was discharged from office in the second inquiry.

Source:Zaman

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