Ehud Olmert said he would not quit, despite his plummeting popularity since last year’s war in Lebanon. “I was elected for four years,” the Israeli prime minister told Yediot Achronot in an interview published Friday. “I have lived a political life for over 30 years. I have seen them all. I have seen all the country’s leaders in days of terrible polls. In the end, the test is whether you know how to focus on doing the right things. The polls will come around in due time.”
Political analysts say Olmert’s next big test will come after the May 28 primary in the Labor Party, his biggest partner in the coalition government. If Labor chief Amir Peretz is toppled, it could prompt a major Cabinet reshuffle.