Sunday, April 29, 2007

Oh, He'll Be Called to Resign

Ehud Olmert, the Israeli Prime Minister, exercised “misguided and rash judgment” in launching Israel’s war in Lebanon last summer, a commission of inquiry has found.

But the Winograd Commission report stops short of calling on the Prime Minister to resign, according to a leaked copy of its preliminary findings, obtained by Channel Ten television in Israel last night. The report will be published on Monday.

The conclusions would seem to reduce pressure on the embattled Prime Minister, who has been plagued by low approval ratings stemming from a widespread public perception that the war was a failure.

Some observers had predicted that the panel would ask Mr Olmert to step down, finding him at fault and forcing an early end to his political career.


Batya said...

He may be "called," but it doesn't mean he'll listen.

yitz said...

Apparently, this alone:
Also Wednesday, Maj. Gen Gady Eisenkott, revealed that the Israeli army knew two hours after Hizballah raiders seized Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev on July 12, 2006, that there was no way to rescue them. Eisenkott was chief of operations at the general staff during the Lebanon War which the abductions sparked. This was another blow to Olmert’s credibility, as it contradicts Olmert’s oft-repeated motive for going to war as being to recover the captured men.
The general spoke out five days before the Winograd panel probing the widely-criticized management of the war releases its interim report on the first five days of the conflict.

...should be cause for Olmert to step down or be impeached [halevai], but as your wife says, even if it's recommended, it's highly doubtful that he'll agree to "draw conclusions."