War Report May Sink Olmert

Foreign minister defies him ahead of Lebanon war conclusions
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2008 11:28 AM CST
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday Jan. 27, 2008. Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are to meet Sunday at Olmert's residence in Jerusalem...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In three days, Israel's Winograd Committee will release its long-awaited findings on the abortive 2006 war with Lebanon, and the expected drubbing will increase calls for PM Ehud Olmert to resign, Haaretz reports. Foreign minister Tzipi Livni is meeting today with families of fallen soldiers who are calling for Olmert's departure—angering the PM and setting up a battle for control of government.

In a country where military service is mandatory, the failures of the Israeli Defense Force have had major political consequences. "I intend to listen to them, and it definitely won't be easy," said Livni. The meeting has infuriated Olmert, who is trying to keep his coalition afloat. But if Livni renews her calls for Olmert to step down, Wednesday's committee report might be the death knell for his coalition.