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Israeli Report Dissects 'Failures' in Lebanon

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A report on Israel's invasion of Lebanon last summer is highly critical of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and spreads blame to his defense minister and former military chief of staff, who resigned in the aftermath of the attack.

The words "fail" and "failure" are used more than 150 times in the preliminary report by a government-appointed committee. The criticisms add up to "serious failure in exercising judgment, responsibility and prudence" on the part of the prime minister, according to the report, which stops short of calling for resignations.

After receiving a copy of the report Monday, Olmert pledged that "these failures will be remedied." But the opposition Likud party and some Israelis are calling for his resignation, and his approval ratings are at an all-time low for an Israeli prime minister.



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