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  • 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...

  • April 25, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 25, 2013 | 3:20 am

    The US

    Headline: Kerry pushes economic plan for peace

    To Read: Leon Wieseltier writes about America's obsession with 'Moving on':

    Moving on is of course one of the quintessential expressions of the American spirit, and of the American shallowness. Our religion is the...

  • Oren says ‘Gatekeepers’ makes his job harder

    March 18, 2013 | 2:41 am

    Israel's U.S. ambassador,  Michael Oren, said the Oscar-nominated documentary "The Gatekeepers" complicates his mission.

    The movie compiles interviews with six former leaders of the Shin Bet, Israel's internal security service, and records their perceptions of how successive...

  • Netanyahu: No Palestinian state until negotiations, despite U.N. vote

    November 29, 2012 | 7:25 am

    The Palestinians will not achieve a state without first recognizing Israel as a Jewish State and sitting down to direct negotiations, Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    The prime minister of Israel made his remarks on Thursday morning, the 65th anniversary of the United Nations approval of...

  • July 13, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 13, 2012 | 3:26 am


    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...

  • Olmert says he has no plans to re-enter politics

    July 12, 2012 | 8:31 am

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Olmert, following his acquittal on the most serious corruption charges, said he does not intend to return to politics.

    Olmert, speaking Thursday at a conference in Tel Aviv two days after he was acquitted on corruption charges that prompted his...

  • Olmert exonerated on corruption charges that prompted his resignation

    July 10, 2012 | 10:00 am

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was exonerated on corruption charges that prompted his resignation from office four years ago.

    The Jerusalem District Court on July 10 acquitted Olmert on charges of fraud, breach of trust, tax evasion and falsifying corporate records in...

  • Olmert indicted in Holyland scandal

    January 5, 2012 | 8:43 am

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been indicted on bribery charges in one of Israel’s largest corruption scandals.

    The indictment filed Thursday accuses Olmert of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes during the construction of the Holyland apartment...

  • South Sudan president makes lightening visit to Israel

    December 20, 2011 | 9:05 am

    The president of the new country of South Sudan arrived in Israel for a short working visit during which the possibility of repatriating Sudanese infiltrators to the country set to be discussed.

    Salva Kiir met Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who offered to...

  • Olmert, Abbas outline 2008 differences and agreements

    January 28, 2011 | 1:52 pm

    Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas made advances in peace talks but could not overcome differences over settlements and refugees in time.

    The sides agreed on sharing Jerusalem’s Old City and on the security conditions for a Palestinian state, Olmert, the former Israeli prime minister,...

  • Olmert: Netanyahu leading Israel to political isolation

    October 12, 2010 | 11:05 am

    Former prime minister Ehud Olmert on Tuesday harshly criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on the stalled peace process with the Palestinians.

    Speaking at an Industry, Trade and Labor ministry conference, Olmert said that the...

  • Police recommend indicting Olmert over Holyland

    August 23, 2010 | 10:49 am

    Israeli police have recommended that prosecutors indict Ehud Olmert in a real estate scandal.

    The police investigations unit turned over its file on the Holyland apartment project scandal to State Prosecutor Moshe Lador on Monday along. The police recommendation has no formal...

  • Olmert questioned in Holyland real estate scandal

    May 25, 2010 | 12:15 pm

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was questioned in connection with a massive real estate scandal.

    Police from the National Unit for Aggravated and International Crime in Lod questioned Olmert for about eight hours on Tuesday as part of the investigation into the Holyland...

  • Olmert could be indicted again

    May 3, 2010 | 9:36 am

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert could be indicted in another political corruption affair.

    Prosecutors informed Olmert Monday that they are considering indicting him for making political appointments while serving as minister of industry and trade. The indictment is pending...

  • New corruption scandal dooms chances of Olmert comeback

    April 19, 2010 | 3:26 pm

    Whether or not he is found guilty of taking bribes in the Jerusalem Holyland corruption scandal, Ehud Olmert’s political career is almost certainly over.

    At best, the former prime minister and ex-mayor of Jerusalem can expect many months, if not years, of litigation that will...

  • Olmert chief suspect in Holyland scandal

    April 15, 2010 | 8:07 am

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was identified as the chief suspect in a massive real estate scandal.

    Police on Thursday identified Olmert as the senior figure in the Holyland project scandal.

    Olmert voluntarily cut short a planned visit abroad Wednesday to return to...

  • Olmert trial postponed over new scandal

    April 8, 2010 | 10:27 am

    The corruption trial of Ehud Olmert has been postponed for a month after the arrest of the ex-prime minister’s former aide.

    During a hearing on Thursday, the Jerusalem District Court rejected a motion filed by Olmert’s defense attorney to stop the trial completely until the...

  • Olmert indicted in corruption case

    August 31, 2009 | 12:09 pm

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was indicted in three corruption cases.

    Israel’s State Prosecutor’s Office filed the charges on Sunday in three cases alleging that Olmert double-billed for overseas trips, made improper appointments when he was minister of trade and labor...

  • As Olmert Exits, Creeping Doubts About His Ouster

    March 31, 2009 | 7:15 pm

    After finally leaving office this week, Ehud Olmert will have his hands full fighting the corruption charges against him.

    There is little sympathy in Israel for the outgoing prime minister, who is widely viewed as a corrupt politician who failed to achieve the lofty goals he set for...

  • Analysis: Israel seeks to change rules of the game with Gaza assault

    By Leslie Susser

    December 29, 2008 | 7:17 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel's retaliation against persistent Hamas mortar and rocket attacks on civilians in southern Israel was far more ferocious than anyone, including Hamas, expected.

    The first three days of intensive Israel Air Force bombing in Gaza reduced hundreds of Hamas...

  • Israel steps up Gaza pressure, Abbas tells Hamas ‘I told you so’

    December 28, 2008 | 6:02 pm

    Israel steps up Gaza operation

    (JTA) – Israel bombed smugglers' tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border as part of its wide-ranging operation against Hamas in Gaza.

    The airstrike Sunday, which reportedly destroyed some 40 arms-smuggling tunnels, prompted hundreds of Gazans to breach...

  • Gaza operation begins with bombings, Olmert calls for unity, U.S. blames Hamas

    December 27, 2008 | 11:05 pm

    Olmert to Israelis: Unite around Gaza operation

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- No country should have to live under constant threat of missile barrages, Ehud Olmert told the Israeli people.

    In an address Saturday night, Israel's prime minister, flanked by Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and...

  • Analysis: New Hamas Gaza rocket attacks pose dilemma for Israel

    By Leslie Susser

    December 25, 2008 | 11:55 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The renewal of intense Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli civilian areas has put Israelis in a somber mood during the usually festive week of Chanukah.

    The new fighting erupted Friday -- the day a six-month truce between Hamas and Israel expired and the Islamist...

  • The dark side of Chanukah

    December 23, 2008 | 5:36 pm

    Almost anyone who celebrates Chanukah today knows at least the rudimentary outline of its story. A righteous Judean clan in the 2nd century B.C.E. led an uprising against Greek-influenced Seleucid rulers who had desecrated the Temple and outlawed the traditional practices of Judaism....
  • Analysis: Unchecked settler violence sparks fears of new intifada

    By Leslie Susser

    December 11, 2008 | 12:31 am

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Concerned by settler violence against Palestinians and Israeli soldiers, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has ordered Israeli security forces to apply a zero-tolerance policy toward extremist settlers.

    Olmert and the country's top security officials fear that unchecked...

  • Yes, we cantankerous

    By Steve Greenberg

    November 12, 2008 | 11:26 pm

    By Steve Greenberg

  • Anger greets Olmert’s concessions on Golan, West Bank, Iran

    By Leslie Susser

    October 6, 2008 | 7:32 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—A Rosh Hashanah-eve interview in which outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Israel should give up the Golan Heights for peace with Syria and nearly all of the West Bank for peace with the Palestinians has sparked a political storm in Israel.


  • Can Livni form a coalition or are elections next?

    By Leslie Susser

    September 25, 2008 | 12:37 am

    With her primary victory in hand, prime minister-designate Tzipi Livni now has six weeks to form a government and stave off new elections. Theoretically, if she cannot form a government, President Shimon Peres could give someone else a chance before calling an election.

    But there is...

  • Ehud Olmert era comes to ignominious end

    September 22, 2008 | 10:23 pm

    (JTA) – A day after Ehud Olmert formally submitted his resignation as prime minister, Israeli President Shimon Peres officially tapped his Kadima Party successor, Tzipi Livni, to form a new government.

    Livni now has 42 days to put together a coalition government. Though Olmert...

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