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31 Jan, 2008 10:28

War report clears Olmert of wrong-doing

A key report into Israel's 2006 war on Lebanon, published on Wednesday, listed a series of major failings by the Jewish state. But Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert averted the prospect of resignation, when the report concluded that he acted reasonably.

“We found serious deficiencies and mistakes in the decision making process and in the workings of the political echelon, the military echelon and in the interface between them,” said Eliyahu Winograd, the head of the panel investigating Israel's 2006 Lebanon war.

But families who lost sons want action – and not just flowery words.

“This is a country that is still in survival. And if people don’t know how to take responsibility for their own deeds then I don’t know what is going to be with this country,” said Batsheva Tzemach, mother of a dead soldier.