Peretz: Findings Show I Needn't Quit

Defense Minister Amir Peretz says the Winograd report shows he displayed understanding that more experienced people had not shown and that he need not resign immediately. Peretz told Haaretz Monday he was a moderating factor during the Lebanon war, asked hard questions and produced a dramatic achievement. The media is harassing him, he says, but he is confident that in the end the truth will come out.

The committee did find that Peretz did not have the knowledge and experience needed in a defense minister. "My lack of experience is a fact. I came in with minimal security knowledge. But I see this as an advantage, not a drawback. Everyone who comes in with extensive knowledge is trapped in a conception. He is part of the system. There is no chance he will present an alternative," Peretz said.