Prime Minister Ehud Olmert this morning  met with members of the steering committee on implementing the recommendations of the Winograd Committee interim report.

Former IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. (ret.) Amnon Lipkin-Shahak chairs the committee.  Its other members are: Foreign Ministry Director-General Aharon Abramovich, National Security Council Chairman Ilan Mizrahi, senior defense Ministry official Yehiel Horev, GOC Planning Maj.-Gen. Ido Nehushtan, a Mossad representative, an ISA representative, Yisraela Oron, Yehuda Ben-Meir, Yisrael Makov, Miki Tzelermaier, Israel Police Commander Bentzi Sau and attorney Roi Dik-Kedar.

This morning’s was the committee’s first meeting.  The committee will issue recommendations to the ministerial committee on the implementation of the Winograd report, including the preparation of detailed plans and defined missions for the various ministries and bodies in accordance with the report. 

The committee will concentrate on (inter alia): Recommendations to improve the functioning of the political leadership in making diplomatic decisions; formulating tools for use by ministers and public representatives in preparing diplomatic-security plans; finding an effective response to the issue of leaks; fully integrating the Foreign Ministry in making security decisions with diplomatic aspects; defining the tasks of the National Security Council in a more detailed manner, including responsibilities and staffing; and creating a crisis management center in the Prime Minister’s Office.

Prime Minister Olmert commended the committee members.  He said that his Government is adopting the Winograd report and wants to act quickly in order to implement its recommendations.  He instructed the committee members to work without delay so that they will be able to submit their recommendations within 30 days.