Tag Archive for Ehud Olmert

Saudi Daily Columnist Publicizes Admiration of Israeli Justice System

According to a senior Saudi writer, Al-Harbash, “When a citizen sees one of the most senior figures [from his country] brought to jail, he can wave his finger at the world and say, ‘We have justice here!'” This gives Israel its status as an “honorable” nation, despite accusations of injustice from the Arab world.



A senior columnist for the Saudi daily Al-Jazirah (not to be confused with Al Jazeera) praised Israel’s justice system in his column last month. Dr. Jasser Al-Harbash’s article, translated from Arabic by The Middle East Media Research Institute, stated that the justice system is the “secret of the Zionist entity’s advantage over his neighbors.” Continue Reading »

National Embarrassment: Former Israeli PM Olmert Heads to Jail Over Bribery Conviction


view videoJust prior of reporting for 19-month jail sentence, ex-PM Ehud Olmert, the first Israeli (former) premier to be incarcerated, releases a video rejecting criminal wrongdoing.

By Ynet reporters


Former prime minister Ehud Olmert on Monday headed to prison to begin a 19-month sentence for bribery. Olmert released a video before heading to prison in which he denied criminal wrongdoing.

Translation below

“No one is above the law,” Olmert said in the video. “I made mistakes, but they were not criminal in nature. I reject outright the charges related to bribery.”

Olmert, who was originally sentenced to six months before the Supreme Court partly overturned his sentence in December, said in the video: “This morning I will enter prison to serve my sentence. Continue Reading »

al-Arabi Reports in London: Then PM Olmert’s Assassination Foiled by Spy Inside Hezbollah

Newspaper claims Hassan Nasrallah’s terrorist group planned to kill then-Prime Minister of Israel, in response to a reported Mossad ‘hit’ of a senior Hezbollah operative in 2008, but was foiled by alleged spy for Israel.

By Roi Kais


Shiite terror group Hezbollah planned to assassinate former prime minister Ehud Olmert, claimed a report in the London-based al-Arabi al-Jadeed newspaper, which quoted political elements “in close contact with Hezbollah”.

A picture alleged to be Mohammed Shawraba published in Arab media outlets

The plan was reportedly meant as a response to the targeted killing of senior operative Imad Mughniyeh, which the Washington Post recently alleged was a joint CIA-Mossad operation. Continue Reading »

Former Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sentenced to 6 years for corruption


For 1st time in Israel’s history, a former Prime Minister is sentenced to jail: Judge sentences former PM Ehud Olmert to 6 years in jail for his role in real-estate development corruption affair.

By Naama Cohen-Friedman


Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in prison and fined NIS 1 million in court in Tel Aviv on Tuesday morning for his role in the ‘Holyland Affair’, the real estate corruption case considered the largest of its kind in Israeli history.

Photo: Yotam Ronen

Six years in prison for former PM – Photo: Yotam Ronen

The case marks the first time a prime minister was convicted of a felony and now, with his sentencing, the first time a former prime minister has ever been sentenced to jail time. Continue Reading »

Binyamin Netanyahu: I won’t ‘shut up’ when Israel’s interests are at stake


Netanyahu responds to criticism from previous PM on his approach to Iranian deal.

Olmert: Netanyahu has “declared war” on the U.S. by slamming closest ally’s role in brokering interim accord. Olmert continued saying Israel should urge the U.S. to lead efforts on preventing a nuclear Iran.



Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his predecessor Ehud Olmert battled over Israel’s Iran policy Sunday, with Olmert slamming Netanyahu for “waging war” against the US administration and Netanyahu responding that he would speak out loudly when Israel’s security is at stake.

“As opposed to others, when I see that interests vital to the security of Israel’s citizens are in danger, I will not be quiet,” Netanyahu said in Rome in a clear reference to comments Olmert made earlier in the day. Continue Reading »

ex-PM Olmert: Israel is covertly preventing a nuclear Iran

Former PM Olmert says Israel has done “many things quietly” to prevent Iran from going nuclear, but the effort must be led by the US.

Olmert, 2 ministers & envoy to US will address annual ‘Jerusalem Post’ New York conference on key issues next weekend.


Israel has been quietly active over a long period in preventing Tehran from achieving its nuclear aims, former prime minister Ehud Olmert revealed recently to The Jerusalem Post in an interview ahead of next weekend’s second annual Jerusalem Post Conference in New York City.


EHUD OLMERT – Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post

“We did many things quietly over a long period of time that certainly helped prevent the Iranians from achieving this capacity long ago, but the effort must be led with the United States and the international community,” said Olmert, who will be the keynote speaker at the conference on April 28, as he was at the inaugural conference last year. Continue Reading »

ex-PM Olmert: Netanyahu Not Worthy of Being Israel’s PM

Former PM Olmert attacks the Prime Minister in new interview, accuses him of treating President Obama ‘like a retarded student.’

By Arutz Sheva Staff


Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert attacked his successor, current Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, in a new interview published by Globes.

Among other things, Olmert slammed Netanyahu over his relationship with United States President Barack Obama.

“What is this? You go to the President of the United States, stick a finger in his face on live television, preach to him, and while you’re at it, give him a history lesson?” he said.

“Excuse me, with all due respect, he learned something in life, this president,” Olmert continued. Continue Reading »

Former PM Olmert: No reason to oppose Palestinian UN bid for statehood status

Ex-prime minister Ehud Olmert tells Daily Beast that Palestinian request for upgraded UN status is congruent with 2-state solution, and says UN General Assembly resolution will lay foundation for peace talks.

By Yitzhak Benhorin


Washington – Despite an aggressive campaign by the United States to head off a UN vote on the Palestinian Authority’s bid for an upgraded status, the General Assembly was expected to grant the request on Thursday. And former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says he sees no reason to resist the move.

אולמרט ואבו מאזן. ארכיון (צילום: רויטרס)

Olmert with Abbas – Archive photo: Reuters

“I believe that the Palestinian request from the United Nations is congruent with the basic concept of the two-state solution. Continue Reading »

Olmert says on TV: I don’t trust Barak with security matters

Israel’s channel 2 investigative report, shows spat between former PM & defense minister as they struggled to cope with growing Iranian nuclear threat

Netanyahu allegedly ordered IDF on alert to strike Iran in 2010.


In a rare public spat between what were once two of Israel’s highest-ranking politicians, former prime minister Ehud Olmert said he did not trust Defense Minister Ehud Barak with Israel’s most serious military matters, in a Channel 2 investigative report aired Monday.

Olmert & Barak – Photo: REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

“I would very much prefer that this large a responsibility on these subjects (such as the Iranian nuclear program) will be in the hands of somebody else, not his,” Olmert said.

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Olmert: Netanyahu bolstered Hamas by weakening PA

Former PM levels harsh criticism at current premier; says Netanyahu ‘has taken several steps that weakened PA, made Hamas stronger.’ Olmert insists Abbas still partner for peace

By Itamar Eichner

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert leveled harsh criticism at his successor Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday, saying that he had taken steps to weaken the Palestinian Authority and bolster Hamas at the PA’s expense.

אולמרט ואבו מאזן (צילום: רויטרס)

Olmert and Abbas – Photo: Reuters

The statement was given following Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ controversial interview with Channel 2 News last week.

“Unfortunately, since the change of government in Israel, the talks with the Palestinians have been suspended and great efforts have been made to prove to the Israeli public that ‘there’s no Palestinian partner,'” Olmert’s statement said. Continue Reading »

Everything you always wanted to know about the upcoming Israeli elections

With early elections to be held within 3 months, here’s a comprehensive guide to the most pertinent questions & issues.

Next Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to submit to the Knesset plenum a bill to dissolve the current Knesset. Immediately following the first reading, the Knesset Committee will formulate the wording of the bill, so that the plenum will swiftly approve the second and third readings that same night.

knesset indoors

The Knesset.

When will the elections take place?

The government will determine the exact date for the election. Netanyahu began consultations on Tuesday with the leaders of the various parties and has already discussed the issue with the leaders of the opposition, including Shelly Yacimovich (Labor) and Zahava Gal-On (Meretz), with the hope of finding an agreed date. Continue Reading »

Olmert responds to court’s decision: There was no corruption

The Jerusalem District court acquitted former PM Olmert in two cases of corruption, and found him guilty of breach of trust in one case.


Following his acquittal on Tuesday morning of the charges against him in two major corruption cases, and conviction of breach of trust in a third, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told reporters that he had not engaged in any corruption, and reiterated that “there were no envelopes of cash.”

The Jerusalem District court on Tuesday acquitted Olmert in the Rishon Tours and Talansky affairs, and found him guilty in the Investment Centers affair. Continue Reading »

‘Olmert bombed Syria reactor despite US push for diplomacy’

In exclusive interview with ‘Post’, former US foreign policy advisor Elliott Abrams defends Netanyahu over critical State Comptroller report, says more important than preparation is the right people making the right decisions.




Former  prime minister Ehud Olmert decided in September 2007 to bomb the al-Kabir nuclear facility in Syria after then-president George W. Bush told him the US had opted for the diplomatic route and was trying to get the International Atomic Energy Agency to close the site, Elliott Abrams told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

Asked about Wednesday’s Israeli State Comptroller’s Report chastising the government for a haphazard decision-making process, Abrams said Bush was provided with impeccable options, policy papers and intelligence.“We Continue Reading »