The Israeli leadership is excepted to come under heavy criticism today in interim findings of an inquiry into last year’s conflict between Israel and Hizbollah. Media reports over the weekend claimed Prime Minister Ehud Olmert would be censured for what is described as a “rash and misguided” decision to go to war. But it was also reported the government-appointed commission will stop short of calling on him to resign.
If the speculated findings are confirmed it will pile even more pressure on Olmert who has faced corruption investigations recently. Israel’s military campaign was triggered by the kidnap of two Israeli soldiers. It quickly escalated into all-out attacks with Israeli launching airstrikes on Lebanon and the Shi’ite militants firing some 4,000 rockets across the border.
Almost 160 Israeli troops and civilians were killed in the month-long war. About 1,200 people died in Lebanon. Olmert said the aim of the campaign was to recover the two captured soldiers and end the threat of Hizbollah along the border. But, it proved to be a deeply unpopular action, and Olmert’s approval rating plummeted to new lows.