Panel calls for changes in Israel PM's office

An official Israeli panel has recommended changes in the prime minister's office in the wake of heavy criticism of last year's war in Lebanon, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Panel calls for changes in Israel PM's office
An official Israeli panel has recommended changes in the prime minister's office in the wake of heavy criticism of last year's war in Lebanon, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

According to the mass-selling Yediot Aharonot, a committee appointed by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in May and headed by former army chief Amnon Lipkin-Shahak recommended the creation of a national security bureau whose director will act as the premier's top advisor.

That official would be the only person responsible for briefing the prime minister on political and security issues, thus effectively scrapping the existing positions of advisors, the report said.

A government comission into the war between Israel and Lebanese Hezbollah issued an interim report on April 30 with several recommendations in the wake of "severe failures" in government and army conduct during the 34-day conflict.

The hypothetical director of the national security bureau would hold daily briefings on intelligence reports from the army, the Mossad spy agency, the Shin Beth internal security body and the foreign ministry.

When questioned about the Yediot report, a government official said only that Olmert has appointed his chief of staff, Yoram Turbowitz, to oversee the implementation of the Lipkin-Shahak recommendations.

Several different committees, including one set up after the 1973 Yom Kippur war, have previously called for extensive changes in the decision-making process in the prime minister's office, but few of the recommendations have been implemented.
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