Israel’s government watchdog accused Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of faulty cooperation with a probe into the Lebanon war. State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss told a Knesset hearing Tuesday that investigators had encountered “difficulties” in getting answers from Olmert on civil defense functioning during the July-August conflict.
Israel was hit by some 4,000 Hezbollah rockets during the war, and northern residents who took refuge in bomb shelters complained of poor conditions and government foot-dragging in compensating them for damage. Olmert has denied wrongdoing and said he needs more time to study the history of Israel’s civil defense planning.
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