There won’t be an independent investigation into the handling of Israel’s war in Lebanon. Instead, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has ordered a low-level inquiry. There will be two internal investigations: one into the conduct of the government during the war, the other into the military. The Prime Minister, who’s been heavily criticised for his government’s handling of the conflict, rejected calls for an independent probe which could have led to high-level resignations. He has acknowledged that mistakes were made but said the decision to go to war was his alone, adding that he didn’t wish to expose the army, which has come under heavy criticism for its performance, to a full-blooded inquiry. Critics say it will be difficult to believe a committee whose members are appointed by the very people it is supposed to investigate. The move follows a string of accusations that soldiers were exposed to unnecessary risks, were ill-equipped and were ill-prepared.
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