Former Supreme Court Justice: Strike on Iran May Endanger Future of Israel

Eliyahu Winograd, whose committee found severe shortcomings in Israel's conduct during the Second Lebanon War, says leadership has not learned the lessons from the 2006 conflict.

Former Supreme Court Justice Eliyahu Winograd, who headed the government-appointed committee in 2007 that investigated Israel's shortcomings in the Second Lebanon War, warned on Sunday that an Israeli strike on Iran "may endanger the future of the country."

In an interview with Army Radio, Winograd said he is not sure that the current leadership has learned the lessons of his report, which found "grave faults" in the decision-making process both in the political and military levels, before and during the war.

"All of the past and present heads of the security establishment, the Shin Bet security service and the Mossad are saying 'don't strike,'" Winograd said. "And only Barak and Netanyahu will decide to do so? For what? With all the dangers and everything that is happening – maybe there is another solution?"

In case of an attack, Winograd said, "The Iranians will respond with a barrage of rockets, not sporadic fire, and they may be followed by other regional allies. This is a reality we have never faced."

Winograd also wondered whether the government - once it decides to go ahead with a strike - will have taken into consideration all of the ramifications of such a move, including political fallout with the Obama administration.

The final Winograd Committee report on the Second Lebanon War categorically laid the blame for the failings in the war on the Israel Defense Forces - criticizing nearly every arm and unit.