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  • Will Ehud Olmert be sentenced to a long prison term for his bribery conviction?

    03/31/2014 6:50:44 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/31/2014 15:51 | NATI GABBAY, DANIEL CLINTON
    Legal experts agree that the state is likely to seek several years in prison for Olmert following his conviction in the Holyland affair; the fact that he has served in high government positions may work against him. With Ehud Olmert having been convicted Monday of bribery in the Holyland trial, attention will now turn to whether or not the former prime minister will serve time in prison for his crimes, and if so, how much time. Judge David Rozen said at the conclusion of the reading of the verdict against Olmert and nine others in the Holyland trial in Tel...
  • Olmert: Israel could evacuate 80,000 settlers

    02/09/2014 8:41:30 AM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Ynet news ^ | 2/9/14 | Associated Press
    ormer Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Friday that if talks he held with Palestinians in 2008 had produced a peace deal, it would have forced tens of thousands of Jewish settlers to leave their homes in the West Bank. If a deal had been reached at the time, it would also not have included an Israeli presence in the Jordan Valley, Olmert said. More than five years on, the fate of the Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley, along with recognition of Israel as the Jewish national homeland, are key sticking points in the ongoing Mideast peace talks brokered...
  • 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...
  • Olmert: We've Declared War on Obama Gov't

    12/01/2013 11:11:11 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/12/13 | Gil Ronen
    Former prime minister Ehud Olmert criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's handling of current disagreements with the United States, regarding the deal the US negotiated with Iran over its nuclear weapons program. "We've declared war on the United States administration,” Olmert said at a special debate at the Institute for National Security Studies on Sunday. "First and foremost,” said Olmert, “we must steer clear of anything that might give the impression that we want to lock horns with our biggest ally." Disagreements with the US must never be handled in a way “that might give the impression, G-d forbid... of a...
  • 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...
  • Olmert: PM strengthening Hamas to deceive Israelis

    11/04/2012 10:06:09 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/04/2012 18:30 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    Former prime minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday accused Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of deliberately strengthening Hamas in order to convince the Israeli public that there is no Palestinian partner for peace. Olmert’s comments came after PA President Mahmoud Abbas made a rare verbal concession to Israel, saying he had no permanent claim on the town from which he left as a child during the War of Independence in 1948, in an interview with Channel 2. “The government has taken steps to strengthen Hamas and to weaken the PA, headed by Mahmoud Abbas, an organization which espouses non-violence and negotiations for...
  • Deal That Died Almost Brought Mideast Peace

    10/25/2011 5:41:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 25, 2011 | DAVID IGNATIUS
    To the catalog of missed opportunities for peace in the Middle East, we can add a tantalizing if also depressing chapter: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's secret offer in 2008 to create a Palestinian state that would feature international control of holy sites in a divided Jerusalem — a concession many Israelis have said was impossible. Condoleezza Rice discusses the Olmert proposal in her new memoir, "No Higher Honor." She writes that as she listened to Olmert's plan during a May 2008 visit to Israel, she asked herself (and the emphatic italics are hers in the text): "Am I really...
  • 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...
  • Olmert: US Agreed to Take 100 Thousand Arab Refugees (P.A. denies)

    09/19/2010 7:14:11 PM PDT · by Stoat · 33 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | September 20, 2010 | Elad Benari
    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert revealed on Sunday that when he was serving as Prime Minister, he had reached an agreement with the United States and then President George W. Bush, in which the US agreed to absorb 100,000 Palestinian Arab refugees. Olmert added that at the same time he struck a deal with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that Israel would absorb only a small number of refugees. Speaking at a conference by the Geneva Initiative, Olmert said: “The numbers discussed were below 20,000, but this would require an end to the conflict and a Palestinian announcement...
  • Constructive Clarity in Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations

    07/09/2010 8:45:20 AM PDT · by richardtavor · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs ^ | 7 July 2010 | Benny Begin
    Constructive Clarity in Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Benny Begin • The PLO platform, as reaffirmed in the Fatah Congress in August 2009, states that their struggle will not stop until the Zionist entity is eliminated and Palestine is liberated. As a logical corollary, they refuse to accept Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. • This explains why, when Mahmoud Abbas was asked in a Washington Post interview in May 2009 why he had declined Olmert's far-reaching offer, he answered that "the gaps were wide." • The Palestinian leadership insists that negotiations now start at the point they had reached with...
  • 'Police Waiting to Arrest Olmert'

    04/10/2010 10:51:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies · 375+ views
    INN ^ | 4/10/10 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Police will be at the airport to arrest former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert if and when he returns to Israel, sources told TIME magazine. On Saturday, he categorically denied any involvement with the latest and perhaps largest political scandal, centering on Olmert’s former legal aide and friend Uri Messer. Messer is one of several political, legal and financial leaders who have been charged with bribery in the huge Holyland apartment project in Jerusalem. Several steps in its approval coincided with Olmert’s tenure as mayor of the capital and when he was Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor in the Sharon...
  • The Deadly Price of Pursuing Peace

    01/10/2010 1:11:32 PM PST · by ventanax5 · 2 replies · 327+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | EVELYN GORDON
    When the Oslo process began in 1993, one benefit its adherents promised was a significant improvement in Israel’s international standing. And initially, it seemed as if that promise would be kept: 37 countries soon established or renewed diplomatic relations with Israel; a peace treaty was signed with Jordan; five other Arab states opened lower-level relations. But 16 years later, it is clear that this initial boost was illusory. Not only is Israel’s standing no better than it was prior to the famous handshake between Yitzhak Rabin and Yasir Arafat on the White House Lawn in September 1993, it has fallen...
  • Political Ineptitude and Positions of Power

    10/22/2009 9:11:17 AM PDT · by chaimke · 394+ views
    Freedom's Cost ^ | 10/22/2009 | Chaim
    When one looks around the world and its leaders, all too often someone absolutely devoid of experience and political smarts will be found occupying a position he/she is most unsuited for. How did they get there? Many a time they were the favorite of someone very powerful whose bidding they always did, or simply found themselves in the right place at the right time.
  • Former Israeli Prime Minister Olmert indicted

    08/30/2009 2:09:13 PM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 13 replies · 2,082+ views
    Yahoo News AP ^ | Aug 30, 2009 | JOSEF FEDERMAN
    Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was indicted on corruption charges Sunday, becoming the first Israeli premier to go on trial and highlighting a series of cases that have shaken the public's faith in the political system.
  • Shalit Timeline: Broken Government Promises and Zig-Zags

    06/25/2009 12:38:53 PM PDT · by Tzvi INN.com · 2 replies · 653+ views
    Israel National News ^ | June 25, 2009 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    A review of statements made by former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert since kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit was kidnapped thee years ago today reveal that the government eroded its own position. Olmert vowed not to negotiate with Hamas and then gradually offered to free hundreds of terrorists, an action security and military officials prevented by warning that the entire country would be endangered.
  • Gov’t Funds Olmert’s Firm; Business as Usual despite Cancer

    05/25/2009 5:41:13 AM PDT · by Tzvi INN.com · 504+ views
    Israel National News ^ | May 25. 2009 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The government is funding part of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s private business expenses, the business journal The Marker reported Monday morning. Business in his plush office in a Tel Aviv high-rise is booming despite his announced flight to New York next week for an “urgent” cancer operation. However, Globes reported Sunday that Olmert soon will travel to Africa to operate his new private consulting firm and work with billionaire diamond magnate Benny Steinmetz, who also is involved in other investments in Africa and Russia.
  • Olmert Using US Medical Visit for Financial Health

    05/04/2009 3:36:03 AM PDT · by Tzvi INN.com · 3 replies · 778+ views
    Israel National News ^ | May 4, 2009 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Ehud Olmert, the former Israeli Prime Minister who may be indicted for various corruption charges, is in the US for treatment of prostate cancer. He also taking care of his financial health and is charging up to $70,000 for a speech.
  • Olmert's Cancer: Microscopic to Major with Growing Crises

    04/13/2009 5:38:00 AM PDT · by Tzvi INN.com · 2 replies · 843+ views
    Israel National News ^ | April 13 2009 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Immediate past-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is set to travel within a week to the United States for an undetermined amount of time for an operation on a prostate cancer that was "microscopic" only 18 months ago. He originally disclosed his condition when he was facing a threat to his government due to criminal probes. The latest update on his condition came shortly before he was supposed to face a hearing on indictment, and he won a court challenge to his plans to leave the country for medical care.
  • Islamist Sentenced to Death in Yemen - for Emailing PM

    03/24/2009 7:46:32 AM PDT · by Tzvi INN.com · 3 replies · 975+ views
    Israel National News ^ | March 24, 1009 | by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu & Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
    A Yemini court on Monday sentenced to death a Muslim for allegedly writing to outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and offering to spy for Israel. Two other men were sentenced to three and five years in prison. All three denied the charges, and Bassam al-Haidari, who faces death, yelled after the court decision, “This is an unfair ruling. You have sentenced me without any proof of these accusations.”
  • PM Olmert: Failed peace process is PA's fault

    03/15/2009 7:47:11 AM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies · 783+ views
    Days before the expected end of his premiership, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert blasted the Palestinian leadership for lacking the courage to make peace with Israel. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert during Sunday's cabinet meeting. Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski SLIDESHOW: Israel & Region | World "I have held contacts with the head of the Palestinian Authority," the prime minister said at Sunday's cabinet meeting. "I have no doubt that these contacts have formed conditions conducive to signing a peace agreement." "I said it in the past and I do not hesitate to repeat it: The State of Israel will have to make unprecedented...
  • Olmert: I was close to meeting Syrian FM

    02/26/2009 10:45:17 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 8 replies · 1,241+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb 25, 2009 | TOVAH LAZAROFF
    Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he came close to holding a face-to-face meeting with the Syrian foreign minister just before Operation Cast Lead scuttled indirect peace talks between the two countries. "We were forging a process to end that night, in which the Syrian foreign minister was supposed to get on a plane to Ankara to meet with me," Olmert said. He denied reports that he had held a telephone conversation with Syrian President Bashar Assad during that visit. "I was not with Assad on the line," the prime minister said. "I want to make peace with Syria, that is...
  • Olmert: Corruption probe against me is none of Diaspora Jewry's business

    02/22/2009 6:44:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies · 763+ views
    Haaretz ^ | February 18, 2009 | Barak Ravid
    Prime Minister Ehud Olmert went on a rampage during yesterday's cabinet meeting, lashing out at targets as varied as tennis star Andy Ram, comedian Lior Shlein, Israeli rightists and the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute. The official topic of the meeting was the institute's annual report assessing Israel's situation and that of the Jewish people as a whole. But as institute director Avinoam Bar-Yosef was finishing his presentation of the report's main findings, Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann passed a note to Olmert drawing his attention to page 31 of the document, which stated that Israel's leadership was about to change...
  • Gaza Ceasefire Broken With Hamas Rockets

    01/18/2009 1:17:12 AM PST · by Fennie · 26 replies · 2,534+ views
    The Times ^ | January 18, 2009
    The Gaza ceasefire has already been broken, just hours after the unilateral truce took hold, as Hamas militants fired a volley of rockets into southern Israel. No one was injured in the attack, in which five rockets were fired into Israel shortly after dawn. But shortly after, security sources in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun reported an airstrike that wounded a woman and her child. The Israeli military made no comment on the claims. In another incident after the truce took hold, militants fired small arms at an infantry patrol, which returned fire, according to the Israeli military....
  • Israel declares ceasefire in Gaza

    01/17/2009 1:45:48 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 32 replies · 2,589+ views
    Israel declares ceasefire in Gaza Israel is to halt its three-week military offensive against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has said. Israel had achieved the aims of its operation, Mr Olmert said, and a unilateral Israeli ceasefire would take effect from 0200 (2400 GMT). Earlier, a Hamas spokesman said it would fight until its demands were met. Nearly 1,200 Palestinians have been killed since the violence began on 27 December. Thirteen Israelis have died. Minutes before Mr Olmert was due to speak, a rocket was fired from Gaza, a BBC producer in Gaza said. 'Goals...
  • Attacks on Be'er Sheva Continue (2nd round post ceasefire)

    01/17/2009 2:44:17 PM PST · by Diogenesis · 19 replies · 1,744+ views
    Attacks on Be'er Sheva Continue (2nd round post ceasefire) (IsraelNN.com) Gaza terrorists fired five rockets at the city of Be'er Sheva shortly before midnight on Saturday. The rockets hit open areas outside the city, and no injuries were reported. Hamas terrorists announced Saturday that they would continue battling Israel despite a unilateral Israeli ceasefire scheduled to go into effect at 2 a.m. Sunday.
  • (Patrick J. Buchanan):Is Ehud's Poodle Acting Up?

    01/17/2009 7:25:32 AM PST · by Publius804 · 89 replies · 3,820+ views
    www.humanevents.com ^ | 01/16/2009 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    Is Ehud's Poodle Acting Up? As Israel entered the third week of its Gaza blitz, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert regaled a crowd in Ashkelon with an astonishing tale. He had, said Olmert, whistled up George Bush, interrupted him in the middle of a speech and told him to instruct Condi Rice not to vote for a U.N. resolution Condi herself had written. Bush did as told, said Olmert. The crowd loved it. Here is the background. After intense negotiations with Britain and France, Secretary of State Rice had persuaded the Security Council to agree on a resolution calling for a...
  • Olmert says called Bush to force change in U.N. vote

    01/13/2009 3:15:13 AM PST · by tobyhill · 15 replies · 1,749+ views
    reuters ^ | 1/13/2009 | reuters
    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said a telephone call he made to U.S. President George W. Bush last week forced Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to abstain in a U.N. vote on the Gaza war, leaving her "shamed." Pouring on political bravado in a speech late Monday, Olmert said he demanded to talk to Bush with only 10 minutes to spare before a U.N. Security Council vote Thursday on a resolution opposed by Israel calling for an immediate cease-fire. "When we saw that the secretary of state, for reasons we did not really understand, wanted to vote in favour of...
  • Olmert stands by his version of Rice flap

    01/15/2009 12:19:32 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 9 replies · 1,586+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | January 14, 2009 | n/c
    JERUSALEM: Aides say Prime Minister Ehud Olmert stands by his claim that he caused the U.S. to abstain from a U.N. resolution calling for a halt in Gaza fighting. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice negotiated the resolution. Olmert claimed earlier this week that he humiliated Rice by persuading U.S. President Bush to instruct her not to vote for it. Rice spokesman Sean McCormack has called Olmert's claims "100-percent, totally, completely not true." But on Wednesday, Olmert aides said the Israeli leader told the story as it happened. ...
  • The Time Clock Has Run Out: Israel Ready to Strike Iran

    01/12/2009 8:49:35 PM PST · by luv2ndamend · 153 replies · 7,468+ views
    http://www.newsmax.com ^ | January 12, 2009 | Jim Meyers
    Informed sources in Washington tell Newsmax that Israel indeed will launch a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities soon – possibly in just days as President George W. Bush prepares to leave office. The reason: The time clock has begun to run out. Iran is close to acquiring a nuclear device under the control of its radical president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
  • Olmert: Rice Sizzling After I Thwarted Her Anti-Israel UN Vote

    01/13/2009 7:42:40 AM PST · by RouxStir · 80 replies · 4,589+ views
    Israel national news ^ | January 13, '09 | Malkah Fleisher
    (IsraelNN.com) Prime Minister Ehud Olmert placed a direct call to US President George W. Bush on Thursday, demanding that US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice not be allowed to vote in favor of a UN Human Rights Council condemnation of Israel's anti-Hamas Gaza war. According to Olmert, Bush's acquiescence, and his insistence that Rice back down from the resolution, made Rice sizzle.... ..."I said: 'Get me President Bush on the phone,'" Olmert explained during a speech to residents in the Hamas-targeted city of Ashkelon. "They said he was in the middle of giving a speech in Philadelphia," Olmert said. "I...
  • 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...
  • Israel’s Strategic Incompetence in Gaza

    01/08/2009 7:57:33 AM PST · by Victory111 · 3 replies · 936+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 1-8-09 | Daniel Pipes
    Disastrously. Jerusalem’s profound strategic incompetence continues and heightens the failed policies since 1993 that have eroded Israel’s reputation, strategic advantage, and security. Four main reasons lead me to this negative conclusion. First, the team in charge in Jerusalem created the Gaza problem. Its leader, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, immortally explained in 2005 the forthcoming unilateral Israeli withdrawal from Gaza: “We [Israelis] are tired of fighting, we are tired of being courageous, we are tired of winning, we are tired of defeating our enemies.” Olmert had a vital role in (1) initiating the Gaza withdrawal, which ended the Israel Defense Forces’...
  • Tel Aviv "OKs" Ground Assault On Gaza [Iranian Press]

    01/03/2009 7:01:49 AM PST · by Fennie · 29 replies · 2,210+ views
    Press TV ^ | January 3, 2009
    Top Israeli officials have given the military the green light for a ground incursion into the Gaza Strip after a week of deadly bombings. "The Israeli leadership has given the thumbs-up for a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip," wrote FOX News, quoting unnamed sources. Earlier on Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni met with other cabinet members to discuss a ground offensive into Gaza.
  • Caroline Glick: Hamas's march to victory (Israeli leadership plans truce with EU)

    01/02/2009 10:14:23 AM PST · by mojito · 5 replies · 1,244+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/1/2009 | Caroline Glick
    George Orwell once quipped, "The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it." Since Tuesday it has become clear that the Olmert-Livni-Barak government has decided to end the war with Iran's Hamas proxy army in Gaza as quickly as possible. That is, the government has decided to lose the war. Most Israelis are unaware of this state of affairs. In an obvious attempt to bolster the popularity of Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Defense Minister Ehud Barak ahead of the February 10 general elections, the local media have spent the six days since the government launched Operation Cast...
  • Has Israel's Government Decided to LOSE the Gaza War ?

    01/02/2009 7:47:31 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 14 replies · 1,781+ views
    Jerusalem Post/Yidwithlid ^ | 12/2/08 | Yidwithlid
    If Israel should have learned ONE lesson during the "Second War in Lebanon" it was YOU CANNOT win a war by bombing alone. Yet after a Week of bombing this seems the strategy of the Olmert Government AGAIN. Will Israeli succumb to the growing pressure from the EU and the UN and a NEW president of the US who is NOT pro-Israel ? It seems that way. hey are seriously considering a cease-fire that brings thing back to the status quo of early December, Israel's hands will be tied, Hamas will be free to fire rockets. This will leave Hamas...
  • [Israeli] Cabinet rejects 48-hr truce proposal

    12/31/2008 1:26:53 PM PST · by mojito · 8 replies · 1,181+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/31/2008 | Staff
    The Security Cabinet on Wednesday rejected a French proposal for a 48-hour suspension of the IDF offensive against Hamas to allow Paris the opportunity to mediate a cease-fire, but Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that the proposal would be reconsidered when the time is right. "We didn't initiate the Gaza operation in order to end it while Israeli towns are still under fire, as they were before the operation." said Olmert. "Imagine if after a few days of the offensive we had declared a unilateral cease-fire and a rocket barrage had then hit Ashkelon" he continued. "Israel has shown restraint...
  • 'The aim isn't to topple Hamas'

    12/31/2008 9:45:15 AM PST · by fella · 5 replies · 864+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Dec 31, 2008 11:37 | HERB KEINON
    Dec 30, 2008 22:54 | Updated Dec 31, 2008 11:37 'The aim isn't to topple Hamas' By HERB KEINON The relatively modest goal for Operation Cast Lead articulated Saturday by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert - to fundamentally improve the security situation in the south - has morphed in the mouths of some of the country's key spokespeople over the last three days into the destruction of Hamas, a change that has left some foreign ministry officials extremely frustrated. 'This is diplomacy, but this is also lawyering,' says Shalev on her new posting. Photo: Courtesy photos, Shahar Azran For instance, Israel's...
  • Israeli leaders to discuss suspending Gaza op for 48 hours

    12/30/2008 10:15:21 AM PST · by mojito · 32 replies · 2,134+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/30/2008 | Yaakov Katz
    Officials in the defense establishment have recommended to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to suspend military operations against Hamas in Gaza for 48 hours and during that time to review a number of possible ceasefire solutions for Operation Cast Lead. Senior Israeli ministers were Tuesday night reportedly set to discuss the proposal. If the unilateral ceasefire would fail, Israel would launch a ground offensive, according to reports. Olmert reportedly opposed suspending the operation. Barak was reportedly weighing the idea. The recommendation, disclosed by defense sources on Tuesday evening, came after Defense Minister Ehud Barak spoke with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner...
  • Olmert issues "last-minute" warning to Hamas

    12/25/2008 12:49:38 PM PST · by happinesswithoutpeace · 22 replies · 1,168+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 12/25/2008 | Adam Entous and Ari Rabinovitch
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Thursday issued a "last-minute" appeal to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to reject their Hamas rulers and stop rocket fire at Israel, warning them he would not hesitate to use force.
  • Israel Answers Rockets With Same Old Empty Promises

    12/24/2008 10:22:08 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 5 replies · 391+ views
    Bloomberg News/JPost/Yidwitlhlid ^ | 12/25/08 | Yidwithlid
    About 70 rockets and mortar shells have been fired at Israel on Wednesday an army spokesman said by telephone, adding that it was the largest assault since a cease-fire with Hamas began in June. What the news doesn't tell you is that during the six-month"cease-fire" approximately 470 rockets and mortars were sent into Israel. “Israel has demonstrated great restraint, but this cannot continue,” Mark Regev, a spokesman for Olmert’s office, said by phone. Boy they Must be quaking in their boots, after all the times that Olmert said Enough is Enough, and he did absolutely nothing. Even when he had...
  • Bush to Olmert: Why are you giving Syria the Golan for nothing ?

    11/30/2008 4:52:17 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 24 replies · 1,191+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 30/11/2008 | Aluf Benn
    WASHINGTON - U.S. President George Bush believes that Israel is offering Syria the Golan Heights without getting anything in exchange, according to sources briefed on his White House meeting with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert last week. After Olmert updated Bush on Israel’s indirect talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad, the U.S. president demanded, “Why do you want to give Assad the Golan for nothing?” the sources said. “It’s not for nothing,” Olmert insisted. “It’s in exchange for a change in the region’s strategic alignment.” Bush persisted: “Why should you believe him?” And to that, Olmert did not reply. The Bush...
  • Olmert to Bush: Make sure Obama doesn't press Israel on nuke issue

    11/26/2008 5:26:10 AM PST · by SJackson · 8 replies · 513+ views
    Haaretz / IMRA ^ | 11-26-08 | Aluf Benn
    WASHINGTON - Israel is asking U.S. President George W. Bush to describe to his successor, Barack Obama, the American commitment to ensure that its strategic deterrence is not compromised. The subject was the focus of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's farewell meeting in the White House on Monday with Bush and top administration officials. "I discussed with the president and his most senior staff issues connected to the core of the special relationship between Israel and the U.S., strategic matters of the utmost importance, and the ability to preserve those ties in the coming years," Olmert told reporters Tuesday. Top administration...
  • Bush warns Israel against Gaza, Iran attacks

    11/25/2008 7:47:08 AM PST · by Victory111 · 11 replies · 558+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 11-25-08 | Israel Today Staff
    US President George W. Bush has bluntly warned Israel against striking Iran’s nuclear facilities or launching a broad military response to Hamas rocket fire from the Gaza Strip during his final weeks in office, according to Time magazine. The warning was first issued last week by senior American officials to their counterparts in Israel, who told Time, “We have been warned off.”
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush...photos...11-24-08

    11/24/2008 5:10:45 PM PST · by daisyscarlett · 66 replies · 1,353+ views
    yahoo news; whitehouse.gov;daylife.com | Daisyscarlett
    President Bush met with Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson at the Treasury Dept. this a.m. He announced that a decision was made to safeguard Citi -- Citicorps(*). TRANSCRIPT President Bush welcomed the 2008 Nobel Prize winners to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington today. The President met with Prime Minister Olmert of Israel. They discussed a wide range of regional and international issues. TRANSCRIPT OF MEETING REMARKS Transcript of Press Briefing by Deputy Press Secretary Tony Fratto
  • Rice: Peace Thwarted by Israeli Politics

    11/24/2008 9:00:59 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 34 replies · 1,004+ views
    Israel Today ^ | Monday, November 24, 2008 | Israel Today Staff
    US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Sunday reiterated her belief internal political turmoil in Israel thwarted the Bush Administration in its quest to oversee a final status Israeli-Palestinian peace deal by the end of 2008. "Even though there was not an agreement by the end of the year, it is really largely because of the political situation in Israel," Rice told reporters in Washington just hours before hosting visiting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for a breakfast meeting. She assigned no blame to the Palestinians' ongoing failures to eliminate the threat of anti-Israel terrorism and build the foundations of...
  • Livni expected to announce early elections on Sunday

    10/24/2008 10:06:50 AM PDT · by Victory111 · 1 replies · 203+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 10-24-08 | Israel Today Staff
    Tzipi Livni, newly-elected head of Israel’s ruling Kadima Party, announced on Friday that she will stick to a Sunday deadline for forming a new government, despite the fact that she has failed to bring all of the parties necessary for a majority coalition on board.
  • Olmert, Obama housing scams identical

    10/19/2008 11:33:34 AM PDT · by idov · 1 replies · 415+ views
    http://www.root-1.co.il ^ | Oct. 19, 2008 | Dov Ivry
    Ehud Olmert got a $300,000 discount on his home in 2004. Barack Obama got a $300,000 discount on his home in 2005. It's the same scam, windfall income or an illegal political contribution, interpret it as you will. Olmert got caught out in a bribe related to his. Obama seems to be too subtle and clever for that. But a corrupt politician is a corrupt politician no matter how you slice it.
  • Mr. Olmert’s Belated Truths

    10/04/2008 3:30:57 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies · 413+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 3, 2008
    Ehud Olmert, Israel’s soon to be ex-prime minister, voiced some startling truths this week. He said that in exchange for peace, Israel should withdraw from “almost all” of the West Bank and share its capital city, Jerusalem, with the Palestinians. He also said that as part of a negotiated peace deal with Syria, Israel should be ready to give up the Golan Heights. It’s frustrating that Mr. Olmert, who is stepping down as prime minister after being accused of corruption, waited so long to say these things. And it is tragic that he did not do more to act on...
  • Palestinians accept Olmert peace offer

    10/02/2008 6:56:26 AM PDT · by Victory111 · 6 replies · 283+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 10-02-08 | Israel Today Staff
    Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday said that the recent peace offer made by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is enough to get a final status agreement signed, but recognized that the outgoing Israeli leader does not have the ability to implement the proposal. “We could have peace in two days” if Olmert’s offer could be implemented, Abbas told a group of Muslim clerics at the tail end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
  • Tzipi Livni adopting "Balls of Steel" as her image for campaign

    09/21/2008 4:06:55 PM PDT · by SJackson · 24 replies · 276+ views
    IMRA ^ | 21 September 2008 | Dr. Aaron Lerner
    Tzipi Livni adopting "Balls of Steel" as her image for campaign Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 21 September 2008 It isn't clear if Tzipi Livni is following the recommendation of her PR team or came up with it by herself, but in any case it is becoming rapidly clear that she has decided to adopt a "balls of steel" image to prove she is the rightful heir to Ariel Sharon's mantle. On Friday she took a vocal position calling for PM Olmert to resign ASAP. Today she vetoed delaying Olmert's resignation until after President Peres' trip to the UN this week...