A report is due out in Israel today which is expected to criticise prime minister Ehud Olmert over his handling of the 2006 Lebanon war. According to allies however, the premier will not step down, unlike his former army chief Dan Halutz and defence minister Amir Peretz, who came under a torrent of criticism for their role in the crisis.
According to political science professor Yaron Ezrahi, “there is no alternative leadership that appears so attractive that it could seriously threaten Olmert right now and the public is more likely to think about the present and the future than the past.”
An interim report delivered last April by the so-called Winograd commission was highly critical of Olmert’s government.
But with no obvious challenger in sight, the prime minister has vowed to stay the course and repair any damage denounced in the report.
The Israeli public had been deeply shocked at the loss of more than 100 of its soldiers in the war – some of whose remains were never returned to their families.