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The Winograd Report
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday May 1, 2007

I've Been Thinking:

The Book of Ecclesiastes reflects on the concept of knowledge and history and concludes: "There is nothing new under the sun."

That is my feeling about the Winograd Report, issued yesterday in Israel.
The Winograd Report analyzes Israeli leadership and chain of responsibility during the War in Lebanon that Israel waged with Hezbollah this past summer.

Of course, "the buck stops" with the prime minister.
Of course, everything is the responsibility of the prime minister.
Of course, of course, there were serious miscalculations and mistakes.
Many more contingency plans should have been discussed and many more people should have been consulted. The report shows that the decision to enter into war seemed impulsive. It shows that Israel's leaders did not have a realistic understanding of their own army and could not articulate the results they wanted from the war before they plunged in.

In the end, the war was not lost.
Hezbollah claimed victory - but they were not victorious and neither was Israel. Israel took losses and it was very painful but Hezbollah did not win.

Now Hezbollah has issued a statement saying that the Winograd Report confirms their victory - but it has not.
In issuing the report the Winograd Committee will make certain that the lessons of this past summer are not lost and the mistakes are not repeated.
The Winograd Report confirms the power of democracy.

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