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The Winograd Committe’s final report will likely blame Ehud Olmert for the Second Lebanon War’s final 60 hours.

London’s Sunday Times reported Sunday that the report, to be published in the next few weeks, will focus on Olmert’s decision to continue fighting after the United Nations brokered a cease-fire with Hezbollah in August 2006. The report will say Olmert caused the 33 deaths that occurred in the final 60 hours of the war.

The London Times quoted one source as saying, “Olmert, aware that a cease-fire agreement was under way, ordered the army to carry out an impossible operation to wind up a failed war against Hezbollah with a big showdown.”

The Winograd Committee was established to examine the preparedness of the army and the government for the war against Hezbollah in the summer of 2006.

Sources told the Times that the conclusions will likely cause a political crisis when they are released.

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