Golda Meir was forced to resign in the wake of her mishandling of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and with a new Israeli report extremely critical of Ehud Olmert’s leadership during last summer’s Lebanon War, he is in danger of suffering the same fate. Now, even a member of his own party is calling for his resignation. I had written about this possibility last August, and at the time I didn’t think it would be possible for Olmert to hang onto power much longer. But the one thing that’s become clear to me since then (particularly when I heard a few Knesset members speak at the AIPAC conference), is that there’s no single leader (either from an opposition party or within Olmert’s own Kadima party) who is very inspiring. That’s what has enabled him to maintain power thus far, and it’s the one thing that may save him in the wake of this report.
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