Israel’s prime minister is facing growing calls to resign. A day after being savaged by an official inquiry into his handling of the Lebanon war, Ehud Olmert, has been dealt another blow – this time from his own cabinet. Eitan Cabel, a minister without portfolio, from the Labour party has quit and called on the prime minister to do the same. Announcing his decision, he said he cannot sit in a government headed by Olmert. It is not yet clear whether Cabel’s move will lead others to step down, but he is not the only prominent figure to want heads to roll.
Israel’s Channel 2 television reported that a majority of lawmakers in Olmert’s centrist Kadima party intend to urge him to resign during a meeting they plan to hold on Thursday. Several polls show Olmert’s popularity is plummeting and today’s newspapers have been full of editorials and commentators calling for a new leader. Although he accepts responsibility for last year’s inconclusive 34 day campaign, Olmert’s made it clear he wont be resigning as he insists that he is best placed to put things right.