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Better Than Winograd?

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A nameless scholar drew my attention to a book which deals with Israel’s recent war in Lebanon, “Shvuyim belevanon: ha’emet al milkhemet levanon hashniya” (“Captives in Lebanon”) by Ofer Shelah and Yoav Limor, published by Yedioth Books.

It is highly critical of the incompetent Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert and a review can be found here, Their Most Humiliating Hour

“The Winograd Committee to has a problem. After previous wars, the reports of the commissions of inquiry, or at least the main points, were made public before important books about the war were published. This was the case for the Agranat Commission, whose investigation of the Yom Kippur War predated by four years the appearance of Hanoch Bartov’s book about David Elazar, the chief of staff during that war. It was also the case for the Kahan Commission, which probed the events in Sabra and Chatila, and published its major findings over a year before Ze’ev Schiff and Ehud Ya’ari came out with their book about the first Lebanon War. On these occasions, the public did not have an alternative narrative that posed a challenge to the official one.”

I haven’t found an English language copy yet but it should be a good read when it comes out.

Written by modernityblog

18/06/2007 at 00:36

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