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  • Ehud Olmert requests early prison release

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    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert officially submitted a request for early release from prison, where he is serving a 19-month sentence on a corruption conviction.

    An attorney for Olmert, the first Israeli prime minister to serve jail time, submitted the request on...

  • Ehud Olmert requests early prison release

    11 minutes ago

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert officially submitted a request for early release from prison, where he is serving a 19-month sentence on a corruption conviction.

    An attorney for Olmert, the first Israeli prime minister to serve jail time, submitted the request on...

  • Why do Israeli politicians always seem to be under investigation?

    July 28, 2016 | 3:27 pm

    The Israeli prime minister is being investigated, and the media is atwitter.

    The probe is preliminary and no details have been released. But reports say Benjamin Netanyahu is suspected of money laundering.

    His former chief of staff was interrogated recently and held under house...

  • The humbling of Israel’s prime ministers

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 15, 2016 | 4:05 am

    It is not easy being Prime Minister of Israel. The job is a demanding one. The reward is questionable. The experience is sometimes humbling. Surely, the Prime Minister is powerful. But he is less powerful than it seems. Two Israeli Prime Ministers have leaned this lesson in the...

  • Olmert headed to prison next week after court rejects plea deal

    February 10, 2016 | 8:50 am

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will enter Israeli prison on corruption charges next week, after a Jerusalem court rejected a plea deal and lengthened his sentence by a month.

    Olmert will serve at least 19 months in prison on three charges — two counts of obstruction of...

  • Olmert admits to obstruction of justice in plea deal

    February 2, 2016 | 1:23 pm

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert admitted to obstruction of justice charges in a plea deal, the first time he has admitted to wrongdoing.

    Olmert was convicted in Jerusalem Magistrates Court on Monday and sentenced to six months in prison and a $13,000 fine. The prison...

  • Ehud Olmert has prison term cut in bribery conviction

    December 29, 2015 | 8:12 am

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had his prison term cut to 18 months from six years for his part in the Holyland corruption case.

    The Supreme Court, as part of Olmert’s appeal during a hearing Tuesday morning, cut the term ordered by the Tel Aviv District Court in May...

  • Prime Minister Olmert goes to prison: 3 comments

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 29, 2015 | 3:37 am


    The first Israeli President to sit in jail, Moshe Katzav, will stand before the committee that will determine his future as a prisoner in about two months. There is a good chance that this committee will decide to deduct a third of his jail term – for "good behavior." Thus,...

  • Torn between two loves

    By David Suissa

    June 17, 2015 | 10:17 am

    A plate of cheese and crackers served to hungry Israeli officials at the White House is one of the many images that lingered after I read Michael Oren’s riveting new book, “Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide.” The book is an insider account of Oren’s tenure as the...

  • Ex-Israeli PM Olmert sentenced to more jail time for corruption

    May 26, 2015 | 9:51 am

    Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced on Monday to eight months in jail for accepting illegal payments from a U.S. businessman, having previously been given a six-year term in a separate corruption case.

    Olmert's lawyers said they would appeal to the Supreme...

  • Ex-Israeli PM Olmert convicted in another corruption case

    March 30, 2015 | 8:45 am

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, already facing a six-year prison term after a corruption conviction, was found guilty on Monday in a separate case of accepting illegal payments from a U.S. businessman.

    The ruling in Jerusalem District Court reversed a 2012 acquittal of...

  • Olmert to remain free until end of appeals

    September 15, 2014 | 10:22 am

    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

    September 2, 2014 | 12:37 pm

    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...

  • 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


    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


    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...

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