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  • Ex-Israeli PM Ehud Olmert Sentenced for Taking Bribes From U.S. Businessman

    05/26/2015 2:48:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | Mon May 25, 2015 | Mike Schwartz
    Jerusalem (CNN)Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to eight months in prison for taking cash from an American businessman. He was also fined $25,700. Police said Olmert received the money from 1993 through 2006, during his tenure as Jerusalem's mayor and while holding ministerial positions under former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. He took over as prime minister in 2006 after a stroke incapacitated Sharon. The new sentence is in addition to the six years in prison Olmert is already facing for taking bribes related to a controversial Jerusalem housing project -- also while he was mayor. Olmert was...
  • Israel court: Olmert to remain free pending appeal

    09/15/2014 4:04:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 15, 2014 6:04 AM EDT
    Israel’s Supreme Court on Monday postponed the start of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s prison sentence pending appeal on his conviction on corruption charges. […] Olmert, 68, was convicted in March in a wide-ranging case that accused him of accepting bribes to promote a controversial real-estate project in Jerusalem. He was charged for acts while he was mayor of Jerusalem and national trade minister, years before he became prime minister. …
  • 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 · 61 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.