An Israeli cabinet member has resigned after the prime minister was heavily criticised in a scathing report into last year’s Lebanon war. Eitan Cabel, a minister without portfolio, says he cannot sit in a government headed by Ehud Olmert. He is not the only one to call on the Olmert to resign.
His popularity has reportedly plummeted further after the Winograd Commission listed severe errors with the way the war was planned and handled. Anti-government protestors planning a demo on Thursday say he must step down now. Uzi Dayan, former head of Israel’s national security council, says: “Now the ball is in the public opinion court and the people will come to this square, to the Rabin Square and say loudly and clearly just go home.”
Although Olmert accepts responsibility for the inconclusive campaign, he has refused to resign, insisting that he is best placed to put things right.
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