Ehud Olmert

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.


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.


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.


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.


Analysis: Lieberman wants Netanyahu's job

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 22, 2010

Binyamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman have a lot in common.

Both are shrewd and cynical political operators who, despite all they have done, are still treated by the old Israeli elite as outsiders. Both are regarded by the international media as dangerous hardliners. Neither let any of that stand in their way in their struggle to reach the top. And both made millions in the short breaks they took from their meteoric political careers.


Olmert faces charges over government jobs

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 6, 2010

State Prosecutors are planning yet another indictment of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Mr Olmert, along with one of his closes aides, will be charged with making dozens of illegal political appointments in government agencies.

He is currently on trial on three charges of fraud and acceptance of illegal payments and is expected to be questioned in the "Holyland" case of alleged bribery for building permits.

He is the main suspect in that case.


Olmert faces massive new corruption investigation

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 22, 2010

Police investigators believe that they are close to securing the testimony of a number of close associates of former prime minister Ehud Olmert in what is being described as the largest corruption case in Israeli history.

So far, the allegations against Mr Olmert have focused on millions of shekels in bribes that the investigators believe were paid to secure extensive building rights in the Holyland project in Jerusalem. The suspects include a group of building tycoons and senior officials in Jerusalem City Hall.


Peace talks derailed by building plan

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 11, 2010

A row over Israeli building in east Jerusalem has caused major embarrassment during the American Vice President's visit to the region.


Ehud Olmert to attend Man Utd game

By Jessica Elgot, March 5, 2010

Israel’s former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who is currently fighting corruption charges, is due to visit Britain next week to watch a Manchester United match.

Mr Olmert, a keen United fan, will watch his team play AC Milan in the second leg of the first knock out in the Champions League tie.

Mr Olmert is currently facing trial at Jerusalem District Court, charged over three separate cases of corruption.

He was forced to resign last year over allegation of fraud, breach of trust, falsifying records, tax evasions and fraudulently obtaining benefits.


Olmert trial opens despite delay threat

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 25, 2010

The trial of Israel's former prime minister, Ehud Olmert, was due to open on Thursday in the Jerusalem District Court. He is being charged over three separate cases of corruption.
Mr Olmert, who was forced to resign last year over the allegations, was indicted in September on charges of fraud, breach of trust, falsifying records, tax evasions and fraudulently obtaining benefits.