Ehud Olmert

  • Olmert: Agreement in the Cards

    Ehud Olmert said he still expects to complete a peace agreement with the Palestinians before he leaves office. “I believe it is possible, I believe it is timely, I believe a declaration is needed,” the Israeli prime minister said Tuesday in Washington, a day after he met with President Bush. “I am ready to make… More ▸

  • Olmert a Lame Duck Stretching for the Finish Line

    Lame duck or not, Ehud Olmert is determined to make it to the finish line. Four months after he announced his resignation and 2 1/2 months before elections are held to replace him, the Israeli prime minister insists he still expects to complete a peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority before he leaves office. “I… More ▸

  • Olmert Recommits to Annapolis

    Ehud Olmert pledged to the Bush administration that he would pursue peace talks with the Palestinians until he leaves office. The Israeli prime minister met Monday morning with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley. “The prime minister emphasized that the Israeli government is committed to continue the Annapolis process… More ▸

  • Before Leaving Office, Olmert Addresses U.S. Jews

    In a normal year, an address by the Israeli prime minster would be treated as the centerpiece of a gathering of American Jews, especially one being held in Jerusalem. But the context of Ehud Olmert’s appearance at the opening plenary of the United Jewish Communities General Assembly on Sunday was anything but normal. Olmert, who… More ▸

  • Israeli Politicos Slam Olmert on Syria

    Israeli politicians criticized Ehud Olmert for his reported plans to renew talks with Syria. On Friday, an unnamed official from the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office told Ha’aretz that Olmert would contact Turkish officials next week to discuss renewing the Turkish-mediated Israel-Syria talks. Ha’aretz also reported that Olmert raised the renewal of the talks in a… More ▸

  • Anger Greets Olmert’s Concessions on Jerusalem, Syria, West Bank

    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. Prime minister-designate Tzipi Livni, who is set to succeed Olmert as soon as… More ▸

  • 5768: Worries on Iran, New Peace Overtures, Olmert’s Fall

    In Israel, 5768 was the year of multiple peace overtures, a growing sense of urgency regarding Iran’s nuclear program and an embattled prime minister’s losing fight to stay in office. Israel and the de facto leadership of the Palestinian Authority launched renewed negotiations after a U.S.-hosted peace conference last November in Annapolis, Md. Israel and… More ▸

  • Olmert Resigns with Signature Policy Initiatives Unfinished

    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 still heads the interim government until Livni is sworn in, Sunday’s resignation effectively… More ▸

  • Political Realities May Doom Olmert’s Final Push for Peace

    With his Kadima Party just weeks away from electing a new leader, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is making a concerted last-ditch effort to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians. Olmert has drawn up a detailed peace offer and presented it to U.S. and Palestinian leaders. After being shown the plan last week, U.S…. More ▸

  • Israeli Policy May Look Drastically Different Once Olmert Leaves Office

    Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s decision to resign after a new Kadima Party leader is elected in September has opened up the possibility of radical new directions in Israeli policy. As of now Olmert has four potential successors, since Kadima’s new leader may not be able to stave off new general elections. Benjamin Netanyahu of the… More ▸