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 »
Just 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.
“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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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-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.
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 »
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.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
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.
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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.”
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 »
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