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Ramon: War report vindicates Olmert
'No one in Kadima will rise against the prime minister,' vice premier tells Ynet, 'Winograd report will be history by next week'
Vice Premier Haim Ramon commented Wednesday on the final Winograd report probing the Second Lebanon War, saying it "vindicated" member Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, a fellow Kadima member.

 

"Unless (defense minister and Labor leader) Ehud Barak springs something dramatic on us, the report will be history by next week," Ramon told Ynet.

 

"No one in Kadima will rise against the prime minister… Barak will be better off coming down from the tree he climbed on; he wasn't exactly commended in this report," the vice premier said.   

 

Meanwhile, most of Olmert's rivals within Kadima, including Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz and Knesset Member Avigdor Itzchak, remained silent following the release of the war report.

 

One party member who hoped the report would force Olmert to step down said, "To be honest, Winograd kind of took the wind out of our sails.

 

"(The report) pointed an empty gun in Olmert's direction," the Kadima member said."

 

Senior Labor officials estimated that the party would remain in the coalition.

 

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