Ehud Olmert

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.


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.


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.


Netanyahu and Lieberman join forces for Israeli election

By Jennifer Lipman, October 26, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman are to contest nest year's Israeli election on the same ticket.


Olmert — Israel's 'if-only' man

By Orlando Radice, October 25, 2012

It is the crazy dream of the Israeli peace camp. A perma-tanned, cigar-smoking Ehud Olmert rises from his political grave to unite Israel's centre-left, beats Benjamin Netanyahu in the upcoming elections and signs a peace deal with the Palestinians.


Blackadder and Israeli elections

By Sahar Zivan, October 19, 2012

In an episode of 1980's British comedy Blackadder, while discussing Baldrick's lack of a criminal record, Edmund Blackadder exclaims: "Come on Baldrick, you're going to be an MP! I'll just write fraud and sexual deviance."


Appeal considered after ‘lenient’ Ehud Olmert sentence

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 28, 2012

Israel’s State Prosecution is considering an appeal against what it considers the excessively lenient sentence handed down to former prime minister Ehud Olmert on Monday by the Jerusalem District Court.


Former Israel PM Ehud Olmert handed suspended sentence

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2012

Israel’s former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been handed a suspended jail sentence and a fine for breach of trust.

A Jerusalem court convicted Olmert in July of being improperly involved in directing contracts to friends of a business associate.


What bribery trial? Olmert joins Mr Westfield for a luxury Olympics

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 9, 2012

For the Olympics, the moorings around Canary Wharf have been transformed into a billionaires’ car-park. Super-yachts serve as accommodation that no five-star hotel can equal, and lie a short, chauffeured hop from the main Olympic sites. For more distant venues, there is a helipad handy.


Prosecutor red-faced as Olmert is acquitted

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 12, 2012

Tuesday’s ruling by the Jerusalem District Court that found former prime minister, Ehud Olmert, guilty of breach of trust on one charge but not guilty of two more serious corruption charges is being seen in Israel as a severe embarrassment for the state prosecution.