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Ehud Olmert

  • One Case Against Olmert Closed

    One of the cases against Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been closed due to a lack of evidence. State Prosecutor Moshe Lador closed the case on the Bank Leumi affair Thursday, saying he could not prove that Olmert acted in a conflict of interest. While serving as acting finance minister in 2005, Olmert was… More ▸

  • Olmert Praises Indian Government, Military

    Israel’s prime minister praised the Indian government and military for their response to the Mumbai terrorist attacks. Ehud Olmert said Sunday that he was briefed frequently by security and intelligence officials who were “in close touch with the Indian government.” “At no stage were the issues of whether or not Israel should join the operation,… More ▸

  • Mazuz to Olmert: Indictment Likely

    Israel’s attorney general said he is considering charges against Ehud Olmert for allegedly using public funds to finance family vacations. Attorney General Menachem Mazuz on Wednesday informed the Israeli prime minister’s lawyer that he is mulling several counts in what is becoming known as the Rishon Tours double-billing scandal. Olmert is under investigation in six… 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: 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 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 ▸