The final report of an Israeli government commission investigating the failures of last year's Lebanon war will not recommend the dismissal of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Israeli media said on Tuesday.
"Olmert will be harshly criticized in the report, but there will be no recommendation to dismiss him," wrote the mass-selling Yediot Ahronot in comments echoed by other media. In April the Winograd Commission issued a damning interim report over the July-August 2006 war, roasting Olmert, former Defense Minister Amir Peretz and the military's ex-chief of staff, General Dan Halutz.
Its final report is expected to be released later this year. The decision not to include personal recommendations in the findings is considered by observers to be a big boost to Olmert - the only senior leader who has held on to his post despite what the panel said in its interim findings were "widespread failures" during the war
The interim report issued last spring was especially harsh on military chief Halutz whose experience as general in the air force was cited as a part of the reason the ground operations were delayed and mishandled.
While this is good news for Olmert, it probably won't save him. Labor party leader Ehud Barak told a Labor MK that the party will leave the government following the release of the Winograd Report and call for new elections: