‘Is­rael has failed to learn from Le­banon War’

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY AN­SHEL PF­EF­FER

IS­RAEL HAS not im­ple­mented the lessons from its dis­as­trous war in Le­banon, al­most two years ago, says one of the coun­try’s lead­ing strate­gists.

Ac­cord­ing to a memo pre­pared by Pro­fes­sor Ye­hezkel Dror, a mem­ber of the Wino­grad Com­mis­sion set up to in­ves­ti­gate the war, and seen by the JC, the gov­ern­ment has not car­ried out the com­mis­sion’s main rec­om­men­da­tions.

T h e Wi n o g r a d Com­mis­sion, set up by the gov­ern­ment fol­low­ing the Sec­ond Le­banon War in 2006, pub­lished two re­ports de­scrib­ing the lack of a clear de­ci­sion-mak­ing process at the high­est lev­els of Is­rael’s po­lit­i­cal and mil­i­tary lead­er­ships and set out a long list of rec­om­men­da­tions that had to be taken up to im­prove that sit­u­a­tion.

Pro­fes­sor Dror, one of Is­rael’s most re­spected vet­eran ex­perts on strate­gic think­ing and a mem­ber of the com­mis­sion, de­tails six of the com­mis­sion’s main rec­om­men­da­tions to the gov­ern­ment in the memo, which was writ­ten last week. None of them have been fully im­ple­mented.

At the top of the list is a com­plete re­or­gan­i­sa­tion of the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, aimed at trans­form­ing it into the na­tion’s se­nior strate­gic fo­rum, by pro­vid­ing it with suf­fi­cient re­sources and per­son­nel.

But the Coun­cil has re­mained with- out a chair­man for the last six months and ac­cord­ing to Pro­fes­sor Dror, the rec­om­men­da­tion “has es­sen­tially not been car­ried out”. He also casts doubt on whether, in the ab­sence of a fully func­tion­ing Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, the gov­ern­ment can im­ple­ment an­other rec­om­men­da­tion to draw up and up­date cen­tral pol­icy pa­pers, deal­ing with Is­rael’s cen­tral strate­gic is­sues.

TheCom­mis­sion­al­sorec­om­mended the gov­ern­ment re-ex­am­ine the way the an­nual strate­gic as­sess­ment, tra­di­tion­ally pre­pared by the com­man­der of mil­i­tary intelligence, is made. This has also not been im­ple­mented, writes Pro­fes­sor Dror “and not even been ex­am­ined at any depth”.

Two rec­om­men­da­tions that Pro­fes­sor Dror points out have only been “par­tially im­ple­mented,” are the full in­te­gra­tion of the For­eign Min­istry into the strate­gic de­ci­sion-mak­ing process and the build­ing of a cen­tral in­ter-de­part­ment civil defence struc­ture.

He also claims that there is no sys­tem­atic process to fol­low up and en­sure the Wino­grad com­mis­sion’s re­port is acted upon.

“I will con­tinue writ­ing memos to the de­ci­sion-mak­ers, re­mind­ing them of what has to be done,” Pro­fes­sor Dror told the JC, “and I hope that un­like re­search in Bri­tain, which has shown that it takes be­tween ten and fif­teen years for the rec­om­men­da­tions of royal com­mis­sions to be car­ried out, in our case, it will take less time.”

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