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.