Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert testified this week before the Winograd Committee investigating the Lebanon war last summer, explaining why the decisions he made in the course of the war were correct in light of the information available to him at the time. The two main issues under discussion were the decision to go to war in the wake of the kidnapping of two soldiers along the Lebanon border on July 12, and the decision to expand the ground campaign in the last two days of the fighting despite the fact that a draft resolution on a cease-fire was already being discussed in United Nations channels.
The Prime Minister's Office refused to comment on Olmert's testimony, but remarks since the war indicate the testimony may have included the following:
* Israel won the war, succeeding in pushing Hezbollah away from Israel's northern border, bringing about the deployment of the Lebanese army and UN peacekeeping forces and destroying Hezbollah's long-range rocket arsenal.
The public isn't buying it. A recent Israeli poll shows that 77% of the public are dissatisfied with the performance of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.