Friday, August 25, 2006

Time Up for Olmert?

Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, came under increasing pressure today following the publication of a newspaper poll showing that a clear majority of Israelis want him to resign over his perceived mis-handling of the conflict with Hezbollah.

The Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper showed 63% want Olmert to quit and a further 74% want the defence minister, Amir Peretz, to follow. The conflict has failed to produce the release of the two Israeli soliders held captive by Hezbollah. The war has resulted in the deaths of around 1,100 in Lebanon and 157 Israelis, mostly military personnel. Hundreds of protesters congregated at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem to demonstrate against Olmert's failure to defeat Hezbollah.

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