Organizers of a Tel Aviv rally against the continued leadership of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that more than 150,000 Israelis attended the Thursday evening event.
While a number of prominent politicians were also in attendance, the gathering was addressed only by normal Israelis, who expounded on why Olmert and his government cannot continue to lead the nation in the wake of the Winograd Commission's damning review of its performance during last summer's Second Lebanon War.
The organizers, who include bereaved families and Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reservists, said the rally was just the opening shot of a public campaign that will continue until Olmert steps down or is removed.
The Winograd Commission's interim findings harshly criticized Olmert for rushing into war without a proper plan of action, and then publicly declaring goals that he had not given the army enough freedom to actually achieve.
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