Former Supreme Court Justice Eliyahu Winograd dies at 91
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Former Supreme Court Justice Eliyahu Winograd dies at 91

Respected judge headed the Winograd Commission, which probed the Second Lebanon War and found numerous faults in the actions of the government and army

Former Supreme Court justice Eliyahu Winograd in 2007 at a press conference (photo credit: Nati Shohat/Flash90)
Former Supreme Court justice Eliyahu Winograd in 2007 at a press conference (photo credit: Nati Shohat/Flash90)

Former Supreme Court Justice Eliyahu Winograd has died at the age of 91.

Winograd was perhaps best known in recent years for heading the eponymous Winograd Commission that investigated the 2006 Second Lebanon War, and which harshly criticized government unpreparedness and the IDF’s tactical and logistical failures against Hezbollah.

Winograd was born in Tel Aviv in 1926. He received his law-practicing license in 1952 and served in various public and private posts for two decades before being appointed as a judge in 1972. In the 1980s he served as a Supreme Court justice and later as the president of the Tel Aviv Distict Court.

After retiring in 1996 he continued to serve in various public committees including panels that probed the ban on Ethiopian blood donations, university tuitions, missing Israeli airman Ron Arad, national pensions funds, the Second Lebanon War and more.

Winogad’s wife passed away in 2003. He is survived by three children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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