Ehud Olmert

Olmert given six years in prison

By Daniel Easterman, May 13, 2014

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to six years in prison and fined over £170,000 for taking bribes and fraudulent activities while he was mayor of Jerusalem.

This is the first time in Israeli history that a former prime minister has received jail time.

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Ehud Olmert faces fresh probe

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 10, 2014

A week after he was convicted on charges of bribe-taking and fraud in the Holyland case, former prime minister Ehud Olmert was once again being interrogated by the police, this time for allegedly obstructing justice.

On Monday, Olmert was confronted with the claims made by his long-serving secretary and chief of staff, Shula Zaken.

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Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert found guilty of bribery

By Sandy Rashty, March 31, 2014

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been found guilty of bribery by an Israeli court.

He was convicted on Monday morning after an investigation into his role in the so-called “Holyland affair”, in which bribes were received to speed up the development of luxury properties, during his time as mayor of Jerusalem.

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Key witness death rocks Olmert trial

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 7, 2013

The death of the main witness in ex-prime minister Ehud Olmert’s ‘Holyland’ trial is expected to have an impact on legal proceedings, even though the prosecution insists that the case will continue.

Mr Olmert is accused of accepting millions of shekels in bribes in return for approving a massive expansion of the Holyland housing project in Jerusalem.

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Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert supports Palestinian UN bid

By Anna Sheinman, November 29, 2012

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert does not oppose the Palestinian Authority’s UN bid for non-member observer status, saying it is “congruent with the basic concept of the two-state solution”.

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Livni announces the formation of new party named Hatnua

By Zoe Winograd, November 27, 2012

Former Kadima leader Tzipi Livini announced today that she will be forming a new political party called Hatnua, meaning “The Movement”.

Ms Livni said at a press conference today: “"I have come to fight for peace, and I will not give my hand to those who try to turn the word peace into a dirty one."

“If we don’t make a change now, we won’t be able to make it in the future.”

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Tzipi Livni plans new secular party

By Zoe Winograd, November 27, 2012

Former Kadima leader Tzipi Livini is expected to announce today that she will be forming a new secular party.

According to reports, Ms Livni will declare the formation of a new centre-left movement called the National Responsibility Party that will run in the up-coming election.

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Olmert versus Adelson: the gloves are off

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 15, 2012

The aftermath of the US presidential elections has spilled over into the Israeli election campaign as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s most vocal critic and staunchest supporter engaged in a high-profile war of words.

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Israel elections: Livni faces the parties as Olmert faces the next step

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 1, 2012

The political scene in Israel is expecting a return to the fray by Tzipi Livni, the former Kadima leader, although no one is sure yet — not even Livni herself — which party she will choose.

Seven months after she resigned from the Knesset following her defeat by Shaul Mofaz in Kadima’s leadership primaries, Ms Livni is already talking like a politician competing for votes.

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Barak makes pledge on Syria arsenal

By Martin Bright, November 1, 2012

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has reiterated his country’s determination to prevent Syria’s weapons falling into the hands of Lebanese terrorist organisation Hizbollah.

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