Impending War Report Could Topple Olmert

Israeli PM steels for harsh criticism of his 2006 conduct in Lebanon
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2008 3:36 AM CST
Impending War Report Could Topple Olmert
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, center, and Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni attend a special session to mark the International Holocaust remembrance day at the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, in Jerusalem, Monday, Jan. 28, 2008. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert wants to put off discussion of...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Ehud Olmert is bracing for a vital challenge to his career as prime minister of Israel, when a report damning his conduct in the 2006 Lebanon war is released later today. The report could topple Olmert's precarious coalition government, the Times of London reports. An interim version of the report already triggered calls for Olmert's resignation.

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The interim report found Olmert and his allies guilty of grievous failures in a war that left 1,000 dead and triggered a military and political crisis in Israel. Olmert supporters hope today's report will not go further than the interim report, but fear it will highlight Olmert's controversial launching of an offensive in which 33 Israeli soldiers died. (Read more Ehud Olmert stories.)

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