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Winograd conclusions seen next month

The publication of the conclusions of an Israeli panel of inquiry into the Lebanon war was postponed again.

The Winograd Commission’s final findings, which were expected out by year’s end, will be published next month, probably after President Bush visits the region, Israel’s Army Radio reported Monday.

It was the second such delay after sources close to the commission said over the summer that its conclusions would not be made public before the High Holy Days.

The commission’s preliminary report censured Prime Minister Ehud Olmert over the setbacks of the 2006 war against Lebanese Hezbollah. This prompted some Israelis to anticipate that the final report would recommend Olmert step down.

Olmert has defended his handling of the 34-day campaign in southern Lebanon and vowed to see out his term in office.

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