The Israeli cabinet has authorised an inquiry into the government’s handling of the recent war in Lebanon. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his ministers made the decision by 20 votes to two, with one abstention. The decision ends weeks of disagreement over the scope of the investigation.
The inquiry, headed by a retired judge, will not have full judicial powers to dismiss officials. While the cabinet meeting was taking place, dozens of protesters outside the Prime Minister’s office demanded an inquiry commission nominated by the Supreme Court, and not by the government. The protesters want the prime minister, defence minister and army chief of staff to resign.