Ehud Olmert

Olmert faces second police questioning

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 23, 2008

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is to be questioned by police today (Friday) for the second time over suspicions of bribe-taking. One of the main witnesses, financier Morris Talanski, is to give preliminary evidence next week.

State Prosecutor Moshe Lador claimed in a Supreme Court hearing that Mr Olmert had received envelopes stuffed with dollars from Mr Talansky, a US citizen.


George Bush can ride a bike

By Simon Round, May 23, 2008

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has given President George W Bush a bicycle. The official Israeli explanation for the gift is that the bike was given because the President’s knees are (like his brain) a little knackered and he can’t go jogging any more.

However, given the fact that Bush has a history of falling off bicycles (the last time was in Scotland three years ago), could this actually be a sophisticated and very subtle assassination attempt?


Olmert to face new quiz as police close in

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 16, 2008

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is to be questioned for the second time over allegations of bribe-taking, in an investigation that continues to widen.

Police sources have told the JC that they are convinced that there is sufficient proof of illegal money transfers of hundreds of thousands of dollars from the United States to Mr Olmert’s interests in Israel. However, they still have not found the primary source of the funds, or what Mr Olmert was alleged to have done with them.

Kassam rocket kills TV star’s mother-in-law

By Alex Kasriel, May 16, 2008

The mother-in-law of comedian Paul Kaye has been killed in a rocket attack near the Gaza Strip.

Mrs Shuli Katz, a 69-year-old nurse, was visiting her sister-in-law, Leora, in Moshav Yesha when the missile fell within a yard of her on Monday.

Her son, Yariv, 40, had left her side momentarily and survived the blast. Neither had time to find cover when the siren sounded.

Mr Kaye, 42, whose alter ego Dennis Pennis hoodwinked celebrities on the red carpet, attacked Palestinians for celebrating successful terror attacks.

Olmert faces political ruin over bribes inquiry

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 9, 2008

A new, potentially devastating corruption investigation into the financial affairs of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert threatens to unseat him.


Israel’s biggest challenge? Poverty, says Olmert’s economics guru

By Candice Krieger, May 2, 2008

As Israel gets ready to celebrate its 60th anniversary, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s chief economic adviser says the country’s much-vaunted “economic miracle” places it in a good position to weather the current global financial storm. But he warns that greater domestic challenges lie ahead.

Getting a free meal at the Meir Panim soup kitchen in Jerusalem


Barak is accused of plotting party split

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 4, 2008

Labour Ministers in the Government are accusing their party leader, Defence Minister Ehud Barak, of trying to break up the party to build a new formation that would include Kadima and the Pensioners Party.

At a closed meeting, Mr Barak allegedly said that he was only months away from leading Labour out of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s coalition.


Settlements get go-ahead

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 4, 2008

Prime minister Ehud Olmert has promised Shas that building will go on in settlements around Jerusalem, despite US demands that Israel desist from building across the Green Line.