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  • Olmert to remain free until end of appeals

    3 days ago

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will remain out of prison until he has exhausted his appeals.

    Olmert and the seven other men convicted in the real estate scam known as the Holyland Affair can remain free during the appeals process, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled Monday.

    ...
  • Olmert retrial in Talansky Affair begins

    2 weeks ago

    Ehud Olmert went on trial for the second time in the the bribery case that led the Israeli prime minister to resign in 2008.

    Olmert’s retrial in what became known as the Talansky Affair began with a hearing Tuesday in Jerusalem District Court.

    Israel’s Supreme Court ordered the...

  • Ehud Olmert sentenced to six years in prison for bribery conviction

    May 13, 2014 | 8:04 am

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in prison for his conviction for accepting bribes in the Holyland corruption case.

    Tuesday morning’s sentence would make him the first Israeli premier to be sent to prison.

    Olmert also was fined $1 million...

  • Kerry stands by record, wishes for ‘apartheid’ rewind

    April 29, 2014 | 9:30 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry defended his Israel record, but also agreed that his use of the word “apartheid” to describe the dangers of a failed peace process was not appropriate in a U.S. context.

    “I have been around long enough to also know the power of words to create a...

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  • The verdict on Ehud Olmert

    March 31, 2014 | 4:00 pm

    Now we know one thing for sure: Ehud Olmert will never again be prime minister of Israel.

    Olmert, who led Israel’s government from 2006 to 2009, was convicted this morning of taking bribes in the Holyland affair, a scandal involving the illegal construction of high-rise...

  • Olmert isn’t alone: Crime and corruption among Israel’s political elite

    March 31, 2014 | 12:01 pm

    Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was found guilty of corruption on Monday in a case revolving around a contested real estate deal during his time as Jerusalem mayor.

    Here is a look at some prominent Israeli politicians who were convicted of offences or forced to leave...

  • Olmert convicted for taking bribes in Holyland scandal

    March 31, 2014 | 9:59 am

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was found guilty of accepting bribes in the Holyland corruption case.

    Tel Aviv District Court Judge David Rosen announced the verdict on Monday morning in what has been called the country’s largest corruption scandal. Olmert is facing up...

  • Bribery? Fraud? Israeli police question chief rabbi on graft allegations

    June 20, 2013 | 12:07 pm

    Police questioned one of Israel's top religious officials, Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, on Thursday on suspicion of bribery, fraud and money laundering, a police spokesman said.

    Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld gave no details about the allegations against Metzger and three other suspects...

  • Assessing Ariel Sharon

    April 10, 2013 | 8:45 am

    On the night of Jan. 24, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was transported to Soroka University Medical Center in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba. Secured horizontally and face-up, he was passed slowly through an advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine,...

  • Key witness in Olmert trial dies

    March 1, 2013 | 4:47 am

    A key state witness in a corruption trial against former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert died hours after testifying.

    The witness, identified in the Israeli media as S.D., was 75 years old when he died on Thursday, Army Radio reported. He suffered from severe health problems.

    ...
  • Why the Sunday Times of London’s cartoon IS anti-Semitic

    By Michael Berenbaum

    January 30, 2013 | 3:04 pm

    Gerald Scarfe the British cartoonist who published the sketch of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu building a wall on the bodies of Palestinians and using their blood as cement, has denied that he is or ever was an anti-Semite. Scarfe said: "I am not, and never have been,...

  • Palestinians see little hope in Israeli elections

    December 31, 2012 | 10:17 am

    Palestinians say they do not expect significant improvement in their lives or a re-starting of the peace process after Israel’s national election next month.

    “The current election is a competition within the right-wing itself,” Nashat Aqtash, a professor of media at Bir Zeit...

  • Abbas seeks talks if Israel halts West Bank construction

    December 10, 2012 | 9:48 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly said he wanted to negotiate with Israel it if freezes construction for six months in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

    Abbas made the statement on Sunday in Qatar during a meeting of Arab League nations in Doha, The Jerusalem...

  • Former Israeli PM Olmert will not run in election, aide says

    December 7, 2012 | 9:23 am

    Former Israeli leader Ehud Olmert put an end to weeks of political suspense on Thursday with a decision not to run against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in January's election.

    The centrist Olmert had been mulling a political comeback since October, when Netanyahu called the...

  • You can be angry at the Palestinians AND critical of the E1 decision

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 5, 2012 | 7:55 am

    Here's one thing to remember: you don't have to be a supporter of the U.N. vote on Palestinian statehood to oppose Israel's recent E1 action. The world is wide enough to tolerate people who, A. Think the Palestinians were irresponsible and counter-productive. B. The U.N. was – well...

  • Emanuel blasts Netanyahu for ‘betraying’ Obama

    December 3, 2012 | 9:34 am

    Rahm Emanuel said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu betrayed the Obama administration by announcing a new settlement expansion and the cutoff of tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority.

    Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago and President Obama's chief of staff in his first...

  • December 2, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 2, 2012 | 1:07 am

    In-depth

    Legal Implication of the UN Resolution on Palestine

    The vote to recognize Palestine as a non-member state of the UN will only make it harder to reach a two-state solution, writes Alan Dershowitz for Newsmax.

    If all the territory captured by Israel in its defensive...

  • Four quick political comments on radicalism, elimination and resurrection

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 27, 2012 | 6:12 am

    1.

    So Tzipi Livni is back, as promised. She gave a good speech today, but has no list of candidates yet, and no real prospect of becoming prime minister. To see why, all you have to do is go back to our Israel Poll Trends that we updated yesterday. Prof Camil Fuchs explains that...

  • Netanyahu is gaining (even before the Gaza op)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 19, 2012 | 8:21 am

    Our updated Israel Poll Trends tracker, aggregated and configured by Prof. Camil Fuchs, puts a possible Likud-right-religious political bloc (and possible coalition) at 69 mandates, compared to a center-left bloc that is at 51 mandates out of the 120 available in the Knesset. This...

  • Olmert: Likud an ‘extreme right-wing party’

    November 8, 2012 | 10:29 am

    Speaking at Columbia Law School, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called the Likud an “extreme right-wing party” and suggested that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should have better relations with the White House.

    During his talk Wednesday night, Olmert went out of...

  • November 8, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 8, 2012 | 1:39 am

    In-depth

    How the Middle East Could Make Or Break Obama's Legacy

    Aaron David Miller of Foreign Policy offers President Obama some tips on dealing with the Mideast in his second term.   

    Let's face it: You don't have much credibility with Netanyahu. If you want any progress,...

  • Olmert’s acquittal in corruption cases appealed to Israeli Supreme Court

    November 7, 2012 | 2:10 pm

    Israel's state prosecutor appealed the acquittals of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in two corruption cases.

    The state filed its appeal Wednesday with the Supreme Court over Olmert' s acquittal in the Rishon Tours and Morris Talansky affairs, as well as the sentence given...

  • October 18, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 18, 2012 | 2:37 am

    In-depth

    Romney's Sensible Stance on Israel-Palestine

    The Republican presidential nominee had the right idea when he said that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict 'is going to remain an unsolved problem', writes Leon Hadar in the National Interest

    ... perhaps the time has...

  • Israel’s state prosecutor to appeal Olmert acquittals

    October 16, 2012 | 2:00 pm

    Israel's state prosecutor will appeal the acquittals of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in two of three cases decided earlier this year.

    The prosecutor informed Olmert's attorney on Tuesday that it will appeal the July acquittals on charges of fraud, breach of trust, tax...

  • Netanyahu starts re-election bid with tough Iran talk

    October 15, 2012 | 2:23 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu kicked off his re-election campaign on Monday, saying Israel had new unspecified "capabilities" to act against Iran's nuclear threat, an issue he said he had placed at the heart of the global debate.

    In a combative speech to parliament,...

  • Ehud Olmert considers political comeback as early vote looms

    October 10, 2012 | 9:26 am

    Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who has just received a slap-on-the-wrist sentence in a corruption case, is considering staging a political comeback in an election early next year, a former aide said on Wednesday.

    Such a move could shake up a race that opinion polls suggest...

  • Four unsolved questions for Israel’s upcoming elections

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 9, 2012 | 1:07 pm

    We will have plenty of time to discuss Israel’s upcoming elections – announced today – in the next three months or so. The final date is not yet known, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu aims to have them as early as he possibly can, and three months is what the Central Election...

  • Olmert gets probation, fine for breach of trust

    September 24, 2012 | 9:16 am

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to one to three years of probation and fined about $19,000 for a breach of trust conviction.

    Olmert was sentenced Monday in Jerusalem District Court. He could have faced up to three years in jail. The state had recommended a...

  • Olmert sentenced to community service for breach of trust

    September 6, 2012 | 8:32 am

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six months of community service for a breach of trust conviction.

    Olmert was sentenced Wednesday in Jerusalem District Court. He could have faced up to three years in jail.

    The state prosecutors office also dropped a...

  • July 13, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 13, 2012 | 3:26 am

    In-depth

    Ehud Olmert could be Israel’s comeback kid

    His acquittal leaves the former prime minister well-placed for a return to politics, something that could change the future of the peace process, writes Nir Eisikovits in Christian Science Monitor.

    Olmert will almost certainly...

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