Olmert Vows Not to Resign

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert vowed Wednesday evening not to step down from office despite a call to do so from Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

"I have no intention at all of resigning, and I am not going anywhere," Olmert said, while insisting that he'd done nothing wrong.

"Barak's call is a cynical attempt to control Kadima's agenda," a close colleague of Olmert's said. "He is not the one to determine who will be at the head of Kadima and won't," he said.

"Since the beginning of the investigation and the prime minister's facing up to the public and announcing his innocence, nothing has changed," he said.

Meanwhile, Olmert reportedly called fellow Kadima cabinet ministers and most of the party's members of Knesset, asking that they give him time to prove his innocence.

"I have been done an injustice, and it is illogical that a prime minister should be brought down because of something like this," Olmert contended.

"Some people think that every investigation requires a resignation," Olmert told a group of Gaza Strip area mayors during a meeting in his office Wednesday.

"I do not agree, and I do not intend to resign," he said again.

"I will prove to you that these things never were and never existed," the prime minister said.

Sources: YNet news, The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz

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