Ehud Olmert

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert indicted again

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 12, 2012

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert found himself facing a fourth indictment last Thursday to the three for which he is already on trial.

Mr Olmert - together with a long list of former senior officials in Jerusalem City Hall and real-estate developers - was accused in the Jerusalem District Court of involvement in the Holyland bribery case.

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Olmert indicted over Holyland development scandal

By Jennifer Lipman, January 5, 2012

Ehud Olmert is facing new corruption charges.

The former Israeli Prime Minister has been indicted over claims he sought bribes in returning for supporting housing development and other property projects.

The bribery allegations about the permits given for the Holyland housing development date back to his time as mayor of Jerusalem, between 1993 and 2003.

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On this day: the Palestinian elections

By Jennifer Lipman, January 25, 2011

The first Palestinian Legislative Council elections in a decade, the Palestinian elections of 2006 marked a turning point in Middle East politics as Hamas came out triumphant at the polls.

Ruling party Fatah took just 43 of the 132 Palestinian Authority parliamentary seats, while a group viewed around the world as a terrorist organisation took 76.

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Al-Jazeera Palestine papers dismissed as 'fabrication'

By Jennifer Lipman, January 24, 2011

The Palestinian Authority has roundly dismissed claims that two years ago it offered Israel significant concessions on control of Jerusalem and other key issues in the Middle East peace process.

According to documents published by Al-Jazeera, which are claimed to be leaked reports on the 2008 peace negotiations, the Palestinians said Israel could keep almost all of east Jerusalem in return for an area beside the West Bank.

The holy sites in Jerusalem would initially have been placed under international control.

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On this day: Ariel Sharon suffers a stroke

By Jennifer Lipman, January 4, 2011

Just six months after he oversaw Israel’s disengagement from the Gaza Strip, Ariel Sharon’s time in office was over. He had arguably staked his career on the move, breaking ranks with his party and risking a permanent divide in Israeli society with what many of the country’s right-wing saw as a betrayal.

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Life-size Sharon on show in Tel Aviv gallery

By Jennifer Lipman, October 19, 2010

Nearly five years after he went into a coma Ariel Sharon is to be immortalised in a Tel Aviv art gallery.

A life-size sculpture of the former Israeli prime minister, who suffered a stroke in January 2005, will go on display in a Tel Aviv art gallery.

The war hero and politician, who climbed the political ladder as a member of Likud but in 2005 founded the centrist Kadima party, has been unconscious ever since his stroke.

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Analysis: Olmert wreaks revenge in memoir

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 21, 2010

The current political status of the two Ehuds hardly seems comparable. Defence Minister Ehud Barak was in Washington this week, conferring with senior figures in the Obama administration and then attending more high-level meetings at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, on the other hand, spent most of his week hunkered down with his lawyers, preparing for another series of damning testimonies by a former secretary on his double-billing speaking fees in the ongoing corruption case against him.

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Olmert: Bush offered Palestinians citizenship

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2010

The former Israeli prime minister, Ehud Olmert, has revealed details of a comprehensive Middle East peace deal proposed in September 2008 but rejected by Palestinian negotiators.

According to Mr Olmert, the deal would have involved shared governance of Jerusalem and seen the then United States president George W Bush offer 100,000 Palestinians US citizenship.

The scope of the concessions offered by Mr Olmert was confirmed by Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat.

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Police recommend indicting Ehud Olmert

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2010

Israeli police have advised that Ehud Olmert be indicted for accepting bribes in the Holyland affair.

They said that they suspect the former prime minister of fraud, breach of trust and taking bribes and that they recommend he stand trial.

The corruption charges relate to Mr Olmert’s role in a property deal when he was Jerusalem mayor.

Mr Olmert served as mayor between 1993 and 2003, and became prime minister in 2006 after Ariel Sharon suffered a stroke.

He has denied the accusations and his spokesman has described them as baseless.

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Abbas faces hard choice over Israel talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 5, 2010

The next few weeks will be extremely stressful for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

The notorious procrastinator, who has shied away from anything like a decision in his five and a half years at the helm of the PA, is under intense pressure to agree to direct negotiations with the Netanyahu government - and not even his Arab allies are prepared to help him out.

Last Thursday, the Arab League convened in Cairo and gave Mr Abbas authority to decide on the resumption of talks with Israel, at his discretion.

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