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30 April, 2007 - Published 12:04 GMT
Israel's PM to face criticism over Lebanon war
The Israeli Prime Minister and Defence Minister are expected to come in for harsh criticism today from a committee of inquiry set up to examine the war in Lebanon last summer. This report from Tim Franks:
Leaks over the weekend suggest that Israel's political and former military leadership are in for a roasting. The Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is expected to face charges of haste in the rush to war, and weakness in challenging the military's lead; the Defence Minister Amir Peretz will be censured for inexperience and short-sightedness. And it's thought the former chief of staff, Dan Halutz, will be blamed for consistently pursuing the wrong tactics and strategy.
General Halutz has already resigned. It's likely that Amir Peretz's time as Defence Minister will also soon be over. In contrast, the Prime Minister's aides are preparing his defence, saying that at the time, the entire cabinet backed the move to war, and that he's willing to implement all the committee's recommendations.
Mr Olmert's coalition may survive within parliament. In the country, though, the Prime Minister is already dealing with unprecedented levels of unpopularity. And public opinion could yet swing further against him.
Tim Franks, BBC News, Jerusalem
are in for a roasting
to face charges of
challenging the military's lead
backed the move to war
unprecedented levels of unpopularity