Ehud Olmert

Olmert faces political ruin over bribes inquiry

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 8, 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 1, 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 3, 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 3, 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.

Shas has come under increasing pressure both from right-wing elements and its ultra-Orthodox rival, United Torah Judaism, to leave the coalition over the building freeze and concessions that the government has made to the Palestinian Authority.