Israelis Rally for Olmert Ouster

By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2007 7:45 AM CDT
Israelis Rally for Olmert Ouster
Thousands of Israelis attend a rally calling on Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to resign at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, May 3, 2007. Tens of thousands of protesters streamed to a central Tel Aviv square after sundown Thursday, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – A massive demonstration in Tel Aviv yesterday amplified the cry for Israel's PM Ehud Olmert to resign. Tens of thousands of Israelis packed into Rabin Square to denounce Olmert's handling of last year's Lebanon War, in the wake of the highly critical Winograd Commission report. Polls are showing three quarters of Israelis want their PM out.

But Olmert is hanging tough, and the Guardian reports that the real battle is among his Kadima party colleagues, most of whom are still supporting him. Foreign minister Tzipi Livni, who urged Olmert to step down earlier this week, failed to pick up backers and may have damaged her career.  (Read more Israel stories.)

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