Prime minister admits “mistakes were made” but says he has “no intention of resigning”.
“A former cabinet minister said both Olmert and Amir Peretz, the defence minister, should resign”
Cabel’s resignation follows increasing speculation in Israeli media that Olmert and Amir Peretz, the country’s defence minister, would soon resign in response to popular discontent over their handling of the war in Lebanon in summer 2006.
A poll on Tuesday conducted by public radio found that 69 per cent of the Israeli public think the prime minister should resign and 74 per cent believe Peretz, who is also the chairman of the Labor party, should also step down.
The government commission, appointed by Olmert seven months ago, accused him of “serious failure in exercising judgement, responsibility and prudence” during last year’s war against Hezbollah.
The report was equally withering about Peretz and Dan Halutz, the then chief of staff, concluding that they had failed in fulfilling their functions.