Israeli minister quits on war report

An Israeli cabinet minister announced his resignation on Tuesday after an inquiry commission slammed the government over Lebanon war.

Eitan Cabel, who is secretary general of the Labor party, told a news conference on Tuesday, “I cannot sit in a government headed by Ehud Olmert.”

Cabel said Olmert “must resign” after the Winograd Commission probing the conflict with Lebanese Hezbollah listed severe failings on the part of the premier, Defense Minister Amir Peretz and the army chief Dan Halutz, who has already quit.

He is the first member of Olmert’s cabinet who resigned over the war report, which was published on Monday.

Sources, meanwhile, say Cabel’s departure could have a “domino effect” on other ministers, with opinion polls, commentators and opposition politicians across the board demanding that Olmert and Peretz resign.

A Tuesday poll conducted by public radio found that 69 percent of the Israeli public believes the prime minister should resign and 74 percent believe Peretz, the chairman of the Labor party, should step down.

The government commission appointed by Olmert seven months ago accused him, Peretz and Halutz of “serious failure in exercising judgment, responsibility and prudence” during last year’s war against Hezbollah.§ionid=351020203


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