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  • Ehud Olmert sentenced to six years in prison, NIS 1m. fine

    05/13/2014 4:46:15 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | May 13, 2014, 8:52 am | Yika Yaakov and Lazar Berman
    Judge blasts bribe-takers as ‘traitors’; former prime minister insists he’s innocent of corruption in Holyland case, will appeal conviction Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in prison, a two-year suspended term, and a fine of NIS 1 million ($289,000) in the Tel Aviv District Court on Tuesday, with the judge issuing a scathing rebuke of the former prime minister. The graft crimes for which Olmert was convicted, Judge David Rozen said, were “among the worst in the criminal code.” Rozen added that “without trust there can be no upstanding public service.” Olmert will have 45 days to appeal the...
  • Guilty: Court convicts former PM Olmert of bribery; 1st PM ever convicted

    03/31/2014 5:27:25 AM PDT · by zoharm · 5 replies
    Thundering ruling shakes country, Judge also convicts former Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski, former Bank Hapoalim Chairman Dan Dankner, Olmert's former chief-of-staff Shula Zaken and 10 out of 13 individual defendants.
  • "Yes Minister", St. Edward’s And The Empty Peace (Yes, Minister Flashback)

    04/11/2014 7:52:36 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 5 replies
    Sarah Honig ^ | Sarah Honig
    No devotee of Yes Minister, yesteryear’s BBC’s classic, can forget St. Edward’s Hospital – that spanking new cutting edge facility that had no patients or medical personnel. Nonetheless, St. Edward’s hustled and bustled, a veritable hive of activity and creative energy. For 15-months since its much-ballyhooed inauguration, an administrative staff of 500 bureaucrats filled the hospital’s offices, pushed papers and generated red tape. Sounds exaggerated? A bit over-the-top for real life? Not really. John Kerry’s peace project, for example, replicates the parody’s blueprints with mind-blowing precision. It is for diplomacy what St. Edward’s was for health care – an incredible...
  • Israel's ex-PM Ehud Olmert convicted of bribery

    03/30/2014 11:53:45 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 03/31/2014 | BBC News
    Israel's former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been found guilty in a bribery trial in a case which forced him to resign to office in 2008. Mr Olmert was convicted in what is known as the "Holyland affair" in which bribes were paid and received to speed up a luxury property development.
  • How It Might All Go Down: When the very survival of Israel is at stake, Israel will not hesitate...

    01/18/2014 5:02:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | January 9, 2014 | Dr. Joseph Frager
    According to former Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert, Israel has already spent ten billion dollars on developing ways to either delay or completely neutralize the Iranian nuclear threat. Israel's military knows no bounds. When the very survival of the Land of Israel is at stake, Israel will not hesitate to surprise American policymakers and military experts. The last time this happened was not 1967, or 1976's Entebbe. It was September 6, 2007, when Israel destroyed the Syrian plutonium reactor at Al Kibar. American military experts had thought this was improbable, and some said – impossible. In September, 2012, the...
  • Olmert: Only an idiot prime minister would not make peace with Palestinians

    01/06/2014 12:36:36 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 44 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/1/14 | Noa Amouyel
    Former prime minister Ehud Olmert on Monday insinuated that his successor Binyamin Netanyahu was an “idiot” and that his predecessor Ariel Sharon was revered only after lapsing into a coma. “In times of peace, even an idiotic prime minister can come out looking good,” he said during a lecture at Hebrew University on Monday. “Of course, an idiot prime minister cannot make peace, and if he makes peace he’s not an idiot,” after the audience laughed at his veiled tongue-in-cheek reference to Netanayhu, Olmert was quick to backtrack and added, “I mean that only generally, of course. Really!” The Prime...
  • Officials: Olmert a ‘Continuous Failure’

    12/02/2013 6:41:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 12/3/2013, 12:13 AM | Elad Benari
    Officials close to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday evening criticized former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who attacked Netanyahu for airing his objection to the deal reached by world powers last week on Iran's nuclear program. "Not everyone has experience as a continuous failure like Olmert does in the disengagement and the Second Lebanon War,” said the officials. “If we do not talk about the Iranian issue with the international community, what will we discuss with it?” “Does Olmert expect us to send faxes to Washington about the Iranian issue?” they added. …
  • Bombing the Syrian Reactor: The Untold Story

    02/23/2013 8:09:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 60 replies
    Commentary ^ | February 2013 | Elliott Abrams
    As the civil war in Syria enters its third year, there is much discussion of the regimeÂ’s chemical weapons and whether SyriaÂ’s Bashar al-Assad will unleash them against Syrian rebels, or whether a power vacuum after AssadÂ’s fall might make those horrific tools available to the highest bidder. The conversation centers on SyriaÂ’s chemical weaponry, not on something vastly more serious: its nuclear weaponry. It well might have. This is the inside story of why it does not. Relations between the United States and Israel had grown rocky after IsraelÂ’s incursion into Lebanon in 2006, for Secretary of State Condoleezza...
  • Bush Snubs Netanyahu on Israel Visit

    01/07/2008 11:11:37 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 85 replies · 61+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/7/08 | Hana Levi Julian
    U.S. President George W. Bush has declined to meet with former Prime Minister and current Likud Opposition Leader MK Binyamin Netanyahu during his upcoming visit to Israel, slated to begin on Wednesday, according to the Jerusalem Post. Sources in Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s Kadima party quoted in the report offered this explanation: “At the White House, they think [Mr. Netanyahu] is a liar because of his behavior when he was prime minister.” Outraged Likud officials accused Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of sabotaging what would normally be a routine meeting between a visiting U.S. President and an Israeli Opposition Leader, a...
  • Livni Announces New Party: 'The Movement'

    11/27/2012 2:57:05 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    Former Kadima chair Tzipi Livni held a news conference at 12:00 noon to announce that she is running for the 19th Knesset at the helm of an independent party, "The Movement – Headed by Tzipi Livni." Livni met Monday with another former Kadima chair, Ehud Olmert, and informed him of her decision. According to a Maagar Mochot poll published Thursday, a list headed by Livni would garner nine Knesset seats and "steal" seats from Labor, which would get only 19, and Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid (Future) party, which would get 4 seats. Lapid has offered Livni the Number Two position...
  • Olmert: ‘Right-Wing Americans’ to Blame for Peace Failure

    05/05/2012 1:19:03 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 33 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/5/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has accused right-wing Americans of being responsible for the lack of peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Wealthy Americans ousted him from power and derailed negotiations, he told CNN. Olmert said he was committed to reaching peace, “But I had to fight against superior powers, including millions and millions of dollars that were transferred from this country [the United States] by figures which were from the extreme right wing that were aimed to topple me as prime minister of Israel.” Olmert left office amidst accusations of corruption involving several different affairs. His bureau chief...
  • The Muslim Brotherhood's Long-Standing War On The West (US Politicians)

    02/02/2011 10:18:40 PM PST · by bronxville · 148 replies
    US Politicians Duped By The Brotherhood In the United States, one individual maintained a pretense of "moderation" which would later embarrass the left and the right. According to the testimony of Dr. Michael Waller to the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Abdurahman Alamoudi was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. A man born in Eritrea in 1951, he arrived in the US in 1979 and became a naturalized US citizen on May 23, 1996. From 1985 onwards he became involved in many Muslim groups. In 1990 he founded the Washington DC-based American Muslim Council (AMC), which Waller states "has...
  • Endgame in Gaza

    01/10/2009 2:42:22 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies · 1,502+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 9, 2009 | Charles Krauthammer
    Israel's leaders have purposely obscured their war aims in Gaza. But there are only two possible endgames: (A) a Lebanon-like cessation of hostilities to be supervised by international observers, or (B) the disintegration of Hamas rule in Gaza. Under tremendous international pressure -- including from an increasingly wobbly U.S. State Department -- the government of Ehud Olmert has begun hinting that it is receptive to a French-Egyptian cease-fire plan... That would be a terrible mistake. It would fail on its own terms. It would have the same elements as the phony peace in Lebanon: ... a cessation of hostilities until...
  • Olmert to hand in his resignation to president at 7:30 p.m.

    09/21/2008 8:03:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies · 186+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Sep 21, 2008 | GIL HOFFMAN, HERB KEINON
    Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will hand in his resignation to President Shimon Peres at 7:30 p.m. Sunday to carry out an orderly transfer of power, Cabinet Secretary Ovad Yehezkel announced. Once Peres receives the letter, he will meet with the heads of the 13 Knesset factions to consult with them about whom he should appoint to form a new coalition before formally appointing new Kadima leader Tzipi Livni. She will then have 42 days to form a coalition - but her goal is to present a new government to the Knesset when it returns for its winter session on October...
  • Anatomy Of A Massacre (Caroline Glick Explains The Truth Behind Thursday's Terrorist Atrocity Alert)

    07/04/2008 11:01:56 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 12 replies · 252+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/4/2008 | Caroline Glick
    Government and police spokesmen would have us believe that the carnage in Jerusalem on Wednesday was unavoidable. Husam Taysir Dwayat, the convicted rapist, burglar and drug dealer turned jihadist who mowed down innocent people with his bulldozer on Jaffa Road was not suspected of links to terrorist organizations. The sociopathic, violent criminal who had "returned" to Islam over the past month raised no red flags. There was nothing to be done. No one is to blame. If the protestations of the government and the police that nothing could have prevented Dwayat from using his bulldozer to murder three people sound...
  • Israel Caves Again

    07/02/2008 6:23:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies · 183+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | July 02, 2008 | P. David Hornik
    On Sunday the Israeli cabinet voted 22-3 in favor of a “prisoner” swap with Hezbollah. Israel, on its side of the bargain, won’t be receiving any prisoners but instead the corpses of Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, the two soldiers kidnapped by Hezbollah in 2006, along with partial, inadequate information on Ron Arad, the airman shot down over Lebanon in 1986. Hezbollah, for its part, gets five live terrorists including child-killer Samir Kuntar, dozens of corpses of terrorists, information on four Iranian diplomats who were detained by Christian Phalange forces in Lebanon in 1982, and live Palestinian terrorists whose number...
  • Israel is still fighting for independence

    04/05/2008 6:58:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 115+ views
    The Jewish Journal ^ | April 4, 2008 | Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA)
    On May 14, Israel will celebrate 60 years of independence. It's never been an easy independence. Israel is surrounded by regional instability and Israelis have needed to regularly fight their neighbors to maintain their independence -- if not their very existence. Despite those challenges, Israel has managed to retain a vibrant democracy for six decades. That dichotomous existence was clear on my latest trip to Israel last month, when I toured Sderot on the Gaza border and met with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Vice Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and other Israeli officials to discuss ongoing U.S.-Israeli relations...
  • (Vice President)Cheney: U.S. won't pressure Israel on security

    03/23/2008 12:25:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies · 1,001+ views
    al Reuters via Tahoo! News ^ | March 22, 2008 | Tabassum Zakaria
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney, starting a visit on Saturday to try to push forward Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, said Washington would never pressure Israel to take steps that threaten its security. Palestinians accuse Israel of undermining the U.S.-sponsored peace talks by expanding Jewish settlements, refusing to remove West Bank roadblocks and mounting offensives against militants in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip who fire cross-border rockets into the Jewish state. "America's commitment to Israel's security is enduring and unshakable, as is Israel's right to protect itself always against terrorism, rocket attacks and other attacks from forces dedicated to Israel's destruction,"...
  • Will we now be silent?

    In March 2006, the Israeli people elected incompetents to lead us. It only took four months for Hizbullah to make us pay a price for our mistake. In the July and August 2006 war, Israelis came to understand that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, then defense minister Amir Peretz and then IDF chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz were together and separately the worst leaders that Israel had ever seen. During the war in Lebanon and since Israel withdrew from Gaza, the guiding assumptions of the unilateral withdrawal strategy have proven false. But Israel's leaders have...
  • Looking The Other Way (What Israel's Government Does Best Alert)

    02/01/2008 7:50:29 AM PST · by goldstategop · 106+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2/1/2008 | David Horovitz
    "It is exclusively in the hands of Israeli leaders and the public to determine whether, when facing challenges in the future, we will come to them more prepared and ready, and whether we shall cope with them in a more serious and responsible way than the way the decision-makers acted - in the political and the military echelons - in the Second Lebanon War."From the Winograd Committee's Final Report, January 30, 2008In the weeks prior to Wednesday's publication of the Winograd Report into the Second Lebanon War, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert consulted with an array of expert advisers on how...
  • Will We Now Be Silent? (Caroline Glick Looks At The Aftermath Of Winograd Alert)

    02/01/2008 7:39:34 AM PST · by goldstategop · 5 replies · 119+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2/1/2008 | Caroline Glick
    In March 2006, the Israeli people elected incompetents to lead us. It only took four months for Hizbullah to make us pay a price for our mistake. In the July and August 2006 war, Israelis came to understand that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, then defense minister Amir Peretz and then IDF chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz were together and separately the worst leaders that Israel had ever seen. Almost from the war's outset it was evident that Israel's leaders were in over their heads. They acted as though there was no difference between running...
  • [Avigdor] Lieberman The Foolish Wise Man (Caroline Glick: Time To Dump Olmert Government Alert)

    01/18/2008 1:58:18 PM PST · by goldstategop · 4 replies · 131+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/18/2008 | Caroline Glick
    At the end of the Second Lebanon War, Israel rumbled at the edge of a political volcano. Demobilized reservists marched to Jerusalem demanding that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert resign in the wake of his incompetent handling of the war. Just as the reservists' protests were gathering momentum, in walked Avigdor Lieberman, the head of the rightist Israel Beiteinu party, and saved the government. Without so much as haggling over the price Olmert would pay for his surprising support, Lieberman joined the government in the ill-defined and powerless role of strategic affairs minister. Lieberman defended his move on patriotic grounds. The...
  • Israeli PM: All Options Open on Iran

    01/14/2008 6:54:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 62+ views
    My Way News ^ | January 14, 2008 | Mark Lavie
    JERUSALEM (AP) - Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned Monday that all options are open when it comes to keeping Iran from obtaining atomic weapons, his clearest sign yet that Israeli could use force against a nation considered among its most serious threats. Addressing a closed meeting of the parliament's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Olmert was quoted as saying that Israel would not accept an Iran armed with nuclear weapons. Iran has always insisted that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, and a recent report by U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Iran suspended its nuclear weapons program in 2003....
  • Bush Visits Israel to Push for Peace

    01/09/2008 8:50:32 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 167+ views
    My Way News ^ | January 9, 2008 | Anne Gearan
    JERUSALEM (AP) - President Bush, seeking to pull Israel and the Palestinians toward serious negotiations, said Wednesday that despite ongoing land squabbles and fears of violence he has high hopes that a Mideast peace pact can be achieved before he leaves office at the end of the year. "I come as an optimistic person and a realistic person - realistic in my understanding that it's vital for the world to fight terrorists, to confront those who would murder the innocent to achieve political objectives," Bush said as he began his first presidential visit to Israel. His first formal meeting was...
  • Olmert And Friends (Israel Needs To Defend Its Vital National Interests Alert)

    01/05/2008 5:10:09 PM PST · by goldstategop · 2 replies · 143+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/05/2008 | Jerusalem Post Editorial
    Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said many interesting things in today's Jerusalem Post interview. Most striking, however, is not a particular remark but the contrast between his (unwittingly?) rather defeatist message and the strength that he ascribes to Israel's current position in the world. Olmert described Israel's position as struggling to implement a two-state solution because the alternative is to be demographically swamped by a one-state solution. He then pointed out that even the "world that is friendly to Israel - not the world comprised of fanatics and extremists - ... speaks of Israel in terms of the '67 borders. It...
  • The Rape Of Israel (Caroline Glick: How Ehud Olmert Set Up Israel To Be Raped Alert)

    01/04/2008 7:43:59 AM PST · by goldstategop · 33 replies · 141+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/03/2008 | Caroline Glick
    Last Wednesday, New York's Jewish Week reported that the editor of Israel's self-described "newspaper of record" asked the US secretary of state to rape his country and told her that his erotic fantasy is to watch America rape Israel. On September 10, at a dinner at the home of US Ambassador Richard Jones, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with a group of Israeli "elites." Among the elitists was Haaretz editor David Landau. According to the Jewish Week, Landau "referred to Israel as a "failed state" politically, one in need of a US-imposed settlement. He was said to have implored...
  • Olmert Attempts to Bring Presidential Candidates Into Peace Process

    12/06/2007 4:46:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 232+ views
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | December 6, 2007 | Nathan Guttman
    Washington - Looking to the post-Bush era in American politics, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is attempting to enlist leading presidential candidates to support his renewed push for a settlement with the Palestinians. When Olmert was in the United States for the Annapolis, Md., peace summit, he took the opportunity to call each of the leading presidential candidates to brief them on the plans for engaging in final-status talks with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. “I found that all the candidates had a lot of good will toward Israel,” Olmert said later in a press briefing. “They were all very friendly...
  • Panicked Olmert leaks Bush visit plan in vain attempt to cover deep crisis

    12/05/2007 8:18:51 AM PST · by F15Eagle · 82 replies · 162+ views
    IsraelInsider ^ | December 5, 2007 | By Israel Insider staff
    What a difference a week makes. The depth of the crisis facing the US and Israel may be difficult to fathom, but the Prime Minister of Israel appears hard-put to confront it or even acknowledge it. Back in Annapolis, Ehud Olmert enjoyed his fifteen minutes of fame and glory, and the fleeting embrace of George W. Bush. But after the Joint Understanding was filed away, and the reporters filed their stories, the Israelis began to realize the extent of the bait-and-switch that had been pulled on them, and what a sea-change in relations with the United States they were facing....
  • Israeli FM Seeks Olmert's Resignation

    09/11/2007 8:44:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies · 453+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 02, 2007 | JOSEF FEDERMAN,
    Israel's popular foreign minister called Wednesday on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to resign _ positioning herself to replace him and dealing the toughest blow yet to his efforts to stay in power after a scathing report on his performance in the war in Lebanon. Olmert said he does not plan to resign, despite the growing number of allies deserting him. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni became the highest-ranking official to call for Olmert's ouster, telling him in a meeting that he had lost the public's support and setting herself up to become Israel's second female prime minister, after the legendary Golda...
  • IDF: War with Syria would be 10 times worse than Hizbullah

    07/10/2007 8:52:06 PM PDT · by Flavius · 24 replies · 1,025+ views
    jpost ^ | 7/11/07 | By YAAKOV KATZ
    Predicting that war with Syria could erupt if Prime Minister Ehud Olmert does not begin peace negotiations with Damascus, the latest IDF assessment also states that such a conflict would be "at least 10 times worse" than last summer's conflict with Hizbullah. Military Intelligence is also identifying and pinpointing targets for the IDF in the event that a strike is launched against Iran's nuclear facilities. MI recently established a new division to translate intelligence into concrete targets and information that can be used by units in the field. The new division is headed by Brig.-Gen. Nitzan Alon, a former commander...
  • Free Gilad Shalit, Now!! Swap PM Olmert for him

    07/06/2007 11:40:13 AM PDT · by Zionista Feminista · 7 replies · 283+ views
    Israpundit ^ | July 6, 2007 | Jerry Gordon and Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    Free Gilad Shalit, Now!! Swap PM Olmert for him by Jerry Gordon and Lori Lowenthal Marcus Everyone celebrated this week when kidnapped BBC Gaza correspondent, Alan Johnston, was sprung by Hamas forces in Gaza . The story told by the approving world media was that Hamas tightened the noose around the captors, laying siege to the hideout until Johnston was relinquished. An act of persistence and bravado by Hamas in a selfless gesture to rescue an ally. In the wake of these dizzying turn of events, Johnston received a human rights award from none other than Amnesty International. We wistfully...
  • Israel Winograd Report: Olmert, Peretz Negligent, Failed War Objectives

    04/30/2007 6:29:20 AM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 4 replies · 235+ views
    Israel News Agency ^ | April 30, 2007 | Joel Leyden
    Israel Winograd Report: Olmert, Peretz Negligent, Failed War ObjectivesBy Joel Leyden Israel News Agency Jerusalem ----April 30...... Leaked portions of the Winograd report on the Lebanon War state that Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz were "negligent" and failed in carrying out their roles as Prime Minister and Defense Minister during the Lebanon War. The Winograd report further states that both Olmert and Peretz failed to meet the objectives of the war - capturing the Katusha launchers in South Lebanon and rescuing Israel's missing soldiers. The Winograd report goes on to scold Olmert for allowing an...
  • Fighting the next war (Syria vs. Israel)

    04/23/2007 11:50:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 1,343+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | April 19, 2007 | Caroline Glick
    Last Friday, Haaretz's military commentator Ze'ev Schiff accused the Barak and Sharon governments of responsibility for last summer's war. As Schiff put it, since the IDF withdrawal from southern Lebanon in May 2000, "a threatening system [comprised of Hizbullah, Syria and Iran] arose [on Israel's northern border], which required a preemptive strike. The aversion to conducting such a strike eventually caused the war." Schiff's analysis is correct. But since it stops short of drawing lessons for the present dangers, it is largely useless. Today, due to the Olmert-Livni-Peretz government's failure in the last war, we stand at the brink of...
  • Israel Cabinet: Olmert To Serve As Acting Finance Minister

    04/22/2007 1:31:48 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 6 replies · 574+ views
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | April 22, 2007 | Israel News Agency Staff
    Israel Cabinet: Olmert To Serve As Acting Finance Minister By Israel News Agency Staff Jerusalem ----April 22...... The following was communicated by the Israel Cabinet Secretariat and the Israel Government Press Office to the Israel News Agency. At the weekly Cabinet meeting today Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced that he had received Israel Finance Minister Avraham Hirchson’s statement that the latter was taking a temporary leave of absence as a result of the Israel police investigations in his regard and as per Article 24b of Israel Basic Law. Prime Minister Olmert noted that in keeping with Article 24b of...
  • Israel Herzliya Conference - No Standing Ovation For Ehud Olmert

    01/24/2007 5:04:57 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 6 replies · 832+ views
    Israel News Agency ^ | January 24, 2007 | Joel Leyden
    Israel Herzliya Conference - No Standing Ovation For Ehud Olmert By Joel Leyden Israel News Agency Jerusalem ---- January 24, 2007..... Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert addressed both the Israel and international public at the prestigious Herzliya Conference this evening. The Herzliya Conference is a who's who of the Israel and Jewish security, academic, commercial and diplomatic worlds. It is the FTV of Israel politics and foreign affairs. It the premiere networking event and usually where one will witness historic remarks coming from the Prime Minister. "This is a sad day," Olmert said in reference to Israel President Katsav facing...
  • Defending The Indefensible (Caroline Glick Slams Stupidity In U.S And Israeli Foreign Policy Alert)

    12/14/2006 1:06:34 AM PST · by goldstategop · 28 replies · 736+ views
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 12/14/2006 | Caroline Glick
    For the past week, former US Secretary Of State James Baker has defended his Iraq Study Group's recommendation that the US negotiate with Iran and Syria from myriad criticisms. While acknowledging that Iran and Syria may not respond positively to US attempts to appease them, Baker said that even rejection will be helpful. If they refuse an American hand extended in partnership then they will stand exposed as enemies, he promises grandly. But exposed to whom? Who is supposed to care if Iran and Syria are unmasked? They already are unmasked. Everyone knows that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. Everyone...
  • In Israel, The Truth Comes From The Merchants

    11/29/2006 2:10:54 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 4 replies · 498+ views
    Israel News Agency ^ | November 29, 2006 | Olivier Rafowicz
    In Israel, The Truth Comes From The Merchants By Olivier Rafowicz Israel News Agency Jerusalem ---- November 29...... When one walks through the old, narrow and winding streets of a Jerusalem market and observes the glances of thousands of Israelis, one cannot help but reflect on the current political landscape. Mahane Yehuda, in Hebrew, "the Camp of Yehuda", is the name of the oldest popular market in Jerusalem, Israel. Any tourist, businessmen or simple passerby in the ancient market is welcomed into the culture, the history of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. The ultra-orthodox, moving at a...
  • Olmert: I can offer Abbas 'a lot' ( Israel practically begging )

    11/12/2006 8:59:30 PM PST · by george76 · 37 replies · 1,074+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Nov. 10, 2006 | TOVAH LAZAROFF AND GIL HOFFMAN
    Three days ahead of his trip to Washington D.C., Prime Minister Ehud Olmert pledged on Thursday night to make substantive offers to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. "I am ready day and night, I am ready anytime, any place, without preconditions to sit down and talk. He [Abbas] will be surprised how far we are prepared to go," Olmert said in a public interview with Sky's Adam Boulton at the Conference for Export and International Cooperation in Tel Aviv. "I can offer him a lot," he added, but did not elaborate. The two leaders have not met officially since Olmert...
  • Olmert: Israel Economy, Export Strong, War On Terrorism Continues

    11/11/2006 1:46:09 AM PST · by IsraelBeach · 1 replies · 341+ views
    Israel News Agency ^ | November 10, 2006 | Joel Leyden
    Olmert: Israel Economy, Export Strong, War On Terrorism Continues By Joel Leyden Israel News Agency Tel Aviv ---November 10.....Over 1,000 business people from North America, Europe and Asia attended the Israel Prime Minister's Conference for Export and International Cooperation. The two day business conference in Tel Aviv, which focused on Israel export, industry and trade, was deemed an overwhelming success by the sheer number of people who attended the conference. "What impressed me most about this Israel export and trade conference was the seamless crossover between government and business communities ? where government policy meets business strategy," said Mark Ross...
  • The Necessary Accounting (Caroline Glick On The Need For The Olmert Government To Go)

    08/25/2006 8:10:13 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 4 replies · 508+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Caroline Glick
    Today two groups of protesters are gathered outside the Prime Minister's Office. The Movement for Quality Government is demanding the establishment of an official commission of inquiry, headed by a Supreme Court justice to investigate the handling of the war in Lebanon. Down the road, IDF reservists are demanding that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Amir Peretz and IDF Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz resign. The critical question arising from the separate protests is whether or not the country's current political and military leadership are capable of drawing the proper lessons from the war. If Israel's...
  • In postwar Israel, Olmert loses support

    08/25/2006 7:11:04 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 26 replies · 721+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 08/25/2006 | By ARON HELLER, Associated Press Writer
    JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's popularity has plunged sharply after Israel's war with Hezbollah and he would likely be crushed by the right-wing opposition if elections were held now, according to a poll published Friday. The next vote is not scheduled until 2010. However, Olmert's government could be forced out earlier amid growing public anger over his performance during the war, which ended inconclusively after 120 Israeli soldiers and 39 civilians were killed. At least 854 people were killed in Lebanon. Olmert has faced increasing pressure in recent days. including calls by army reservists and bereaved parents that he...
  • The War Israel Chose To Lose (Steven Plaut Looks At Israel's Pusillanimous Branja Alert)

    08/24/2006 5:51:35 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 18 replies · 663+ views
    Jewish Press ^ | 08/23/06 | Steven Plaut
    It was a war Israel was more afraid of winning than of losing. It was a war whose battlefield strategy was based on posturing – on acting as if Israel were conducting an actual all-out war. It was a war in which Israel attempted to defeat the enemy by not defeating him. It was a war of the make-pretend. Let us be clear. Every war has its share of mishaps, glitches, and human errors, and this one was no exception. But this war was fought after many years of massive budget cuts for the military. Convinced that the era of...
  • Israeli reservists protest Olmert

    08/22/2006 7:26:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies · 596+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | August 22, 2006 | Joshua Mitnick
    Israeli reservists, fresh from fighting in southern Lebanon, demanded yesterday that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert resign over what they describe as the debacle of the monthlong war with Hezbollah. The calls of the reservists will make it more difficult for Mr. Olmert's Cabinet to avoid appointing a formal "state commission of inquiry," panels that helped bring down two prominent Israeli leaders in the past 33 years. Reservists told of insufficient provisions, of having no water in the summer heat and being forced to drink from canteens of dead Hezbollah guerrillas, shortages of combat equipment and indecisive orders. One group...
  • Olmert A Chilling Example of Democrat Leadership

    08/22/2006 4:53:54 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 3 replies · 175+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 8/22/06 | Purple Mountains
    I am afraid that the incompetence of the left-wing Olmert government in Israel is a chilling foretelling of what might happen if a liberal Democrat is elected president in this country in 2008. Under Olmert’s misguided tutelage and penchant for thinking one can reason with terrorists, Israel’s army was allowed to decline in training and equipment, and a peacenik was appointed Defense Chief of Israel with disastrous results.
  • Olmert: Syria most aggressive member of the axis of evil

    08/21/2006 8:19:00 AM PDT · by garbageseeker · 26 replies · 849+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/21/2006 | By JPOST.COM STAFF AND AP
    Syria is the "single most aggressive member of the axis of evil," Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday, ruling out a resumption of negotiations with Damascus at this time. "I am the last person who will say I want to negotiate with Syria," Olmert said in unusually harsh comments. In a visit to northern Israel, Olmert noted that rockets that hit the town in 34 days of Israel-Hizbullah fighting came from Syria. According to the prime minister, "When Syria stops supporting terrorism, when it stops giving missiles to terror organizations, then we will be happy to negotiate with them." His...
  • The Cease Fire and an American Nuclear Strike on Iran

    08/20/2006 2:54:54 PM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 2 replies · 309+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 8/20/06 | Purple Mountains
    My article on the meaning of the Middle East ceasefire and the failure of the Israelis to complete their mission speculated that it could lead eventually to a nuclear weapon being used by the Israelis on Iran. It seems to me that one might conclude from the following opposing article (its author says that the real losers were Syria and Iran (not Israel) that the events of this summer have actually laid the groundwork for the USA to bomb Iran with nuclear weapons.
  • The Coming Wars (Caroline Glick: Israel Can Expect More Fighting In The Future Alert)

    08/20/2006 2:57:28 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 11 replies · 764+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/20/06 | Caroline Glick
    Since the cease-fire was implemented in Lebanon, we have heard scattered reports indicating that a prisoner swap with the Palestinians may be in the works. In exchange for hundreds if not thousands of Palestinian terrorists now held in Israeli prisons, IDF Cpl. Gilad Shalit, who has been held hostage by Palestinian terrorists for nearly two months, may be released from captivity. These reports lend weight to the view that things are back to normal. Terrorists kidnap Israelis and hold them hostage and Israel releases terrorists in order to free them. It is a comforting thought for people like Prime Minister...
  • Olmert: Operation was neccessary

    08/19/2006 4:11:33 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 16 replies · 691+ views
    Ynet news.com ^ | 08/19/2006 | Ronny Sofer
    The Prime Minister's Office said Saturday afternoon that the commando operation in Wadi village near Baalbek was necessary and not against the ceasefire: "We needed to carry out this operation, and it's good that we did so." Sources in the office also said, "The operation was necessary because Hizbullah is violating the ceasefire by smuggling Syrian and Iranian arms, which is against the agreement." In the operation, an IDF officer was killed and another two officers were injured, one critically, the other lightly. The Prime Minister's Office responded to claims made by Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora that Israel's actions...
  • Israel's Terminal Illness (Jewish State On Its Deathbed Unless Olmert Is Gone Alert)

    08/18/2006 12:28:25 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 41 replies · 1,237+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 08/18/06 | Joseph Farah
    We've all known brave soldiers who fought courageously in multiple conflicts only to succumb to lingering and debilitating illnesses years later. Likewise, history tells us of nations that never lost a battle in combat only to die because they lost their sense of purpose, their will to survive. I think that's what is happening in Israel today. I think the Jewish state is terminally ill. Israel may have won three major wars in its 60-year history, but it will be lucky to survive another decade of morally bankrupt leadership. It's not just former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon who is comatose....
  • In the Middle East Where Do We Go From Here?

    08/17/2006 6:41:56 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 1 replies · 125+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 8/17/06 | Purple Mountains
    Both sides in this, just the latest of several Middle East wars – always started by Muslims dedicated to the extermination of Israel, are claiming victory, and Condy Rice is trying to put the best face she can on the cease-fire agreement. There is no question in my mind, though, that Israel’s incompetence placed the United States in an untenable position