Likud Organized?: 120,000 Demonstrate Demanding Olmert, Peretz Resignations

4 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Likud Organized?: 120,000 Demonstrate Demanding Olmert, Peretz Resignations</h1><p>May 4 (EIRNS)--One hundred and twenty thousand Israelis demonstrated in Tel Aviv demanding the resignation of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz for their conduct in last summer's war in Lebanon. While the rally represented a broad spectrum of Israelis from left to right, it did not go beyond calling for the resignations. No politicians spoke at the rally and very few attended.</p><p>Peace Now director Yariv Oppenhimer, in an interview in today's Ynet, was very critical of the rally saying it was "juvenile, one-dimensional and offered no alternative. To say Olmert should go home without an alternative is not a message, but blindness that I refuse to be part of." He also warned that the right wing is taking advantage of the public outcry to call for early elections which everyone knows would benefit Likud Party Chairman and darling of Vice President Dick Cheney, Benjamin Netanyahu.</p><p>Meanwhile Ha'aretz reports that Olmert fears that the Labor Party could bolt from the coalition. Nonetheless, the same Labor Party members who have been calling for Olmert's resignation say that if he does resign and is replaced by another Kadima Party member they would still support the coalition. If Labor was to leave then the only alternative coalition partner would in all likelihood be the Likud, headed by Netanyahu.</p></div></body>