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Israel's Dilemma: A Discredited Prime Minister and Unappealing Alternatives

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

If Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is looking for someone in Israel willing to stand up and fight for his political survival, the only place he may find that person is staring straight into the mirror. Olmert's approval ratings could hardly go any lower -- and that was even before Monday's release of partial results from the Winograd Commission investigation into what went wrong in Israel's war with Lebanon last summer. Olmert's survival looks like the longest of long shots, and yet, the road ahead looks anything but clear for his political opponents.

The Commission skewered Olmert, declaring that he "bears supreme and comprehensive responsibility" for Israel's shortcomings in the conflict, and finding him guilty of "a serious failure in exercising judgment, responsibility and prudence." ...

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