Israeli politician, was named Acting Prime Minister in January, after Ariel Sharon suffered a massive stroke. His party, Kadima, fared the best in March's parliamentary elections, and he became prime minister in April after forming a coalition government. Olmert faced intense criticism in July and August for the Israeli military's inability to rout Hezbollah in the fighting that killed about 1,150 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and 150 Israelis, the majority soldiers.
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