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 Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert

Ehud Olmert

was born in Binyamina in 1945.



He served in the IDF as combat infantry unit officer and was a military correspondent for the IDF journal Bamachane. A lawyer by profession, he holds B.A. and LL.B. degrees in Psychology, Philosophy and Law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.



Ehud Olmert was a



Knesset
Member from 1973, serving on the House, Constitution, Law & Justice Committee, State Control, Foreign Affairs && Defense, Finance, Education & Culture, and Internal Affairs & Environment Committees.



From 1988-1990 he served as Minister Without Portfolio responsible for minority affairs, and from 1990 until 1992 as Minister of Health.



In November 1993, Olmert was elected Mayor of Jerusalem, subsequently resigning from the Knesset in 1998. After his re-election to the Knesset in 2003, he resigned from his position of in February 2003.



In February 2003, Ehud Olmert was appointed Vice Premier and Minister of Industry and Trade.



He is married, with four children.


"I said, 'Get me President Bush on the phone.' They said he was in the middle of giving a speech in Philadelphia. I said, 'I don't care: I have to talk to him now.' They got him off the podium, brought him to another room, and I spoke to him. "I told him, 'You can't vote in favor of this resolution. He said, 'Listen, I don't know about it. I didn't see it. I'm not familiar with the phrasing.'" So Prime Minister Olmert told President Bush: "I'm familiar with it. You can't vote in favor." Bush did as he was told: "Mr. Bush gave an order to Secretary of State Rice and she did not vote in favor of it a resolution she cooked up, phrased, organized and maneuvered for," said Olmert triumphantly. "She was left pretty shamed, and abstained on a resolution she arranged."
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Ehud Barak, who was defense minister when Israel bombed Syria's nuclear reactor in 2007, slammed then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for his actions in the months before the operation. In an interview on Kan Reshet Bet radio on Wednesday morning, just hours after the strike on the reactor was cleared for ...
Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is on an intensive PR campaign on behalf of his prison memoir and, more important, his reputation. Based on numerous interviews and book excerpts that have been published, he evidently thinks the lengthy, complex legal process to which he was subjected was ...

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, eight months out of prison on graft convictions including bribery, has accused the Israeli law enforcement authorities of “crazy persecution,” saying that “when the system wants to stick someone with a crime and mobilizes in full force to convict you of something, they'll ...
In former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's forthcoming autobiography, the former premier describes his relations with political allies and rivals, the 2006 Second Lebanon War and his 16 and a half months in prison, following his conviction on fraud and bribery charges. The book includes harsh criticism of ...
The norm was Ehud Olmert, who announced he would step down in 2008 because of a mere police investigation -- under pressure, ironically, from Netanyahu, then the opposition leader. Netanyahu seems to have no thoughts of doing the same. He'll fall only if the Likud Party throws him out in favor of a ...

At the time, Ehud Olmert was Israel's prime minister and he was deep in negotiations with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on a comprehensive peace agreement. Nevertheless, the policy of Britain's government remained that an official visit by a senior member of the royal family would take place ...
On the other hand, there was shame, for having one Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, already serving time in Jail for corruption, and now another one is facing charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. Netanyahu, of course, is innocent until proven guilty, but the question is whether this axiom really works in ...

Netanyahu rode to power in 2009, after his predecessor, Ehud Olmert, faced indictment on charges of taking tens of thousands of dollars in cash payoffs. Olmert, who was deeply unpopular after leading Israel into a humiliating Lebanon war, was politically doomed the moment Israelis heard the news, but ...
Back then, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, also a corruption suspect, turned to the citizens of Israel and declared: I did not take bribes. On Tuesday night, Netanyahu seemed closer than ever to the fate that befell his predecessor. The citizens of Israel deserve something better than corrupt, greedy leaders who ...
But an indictment is sure to encourage his political rivals — including those from within his own party — to move against him. Israel has not shied away from pursuing criminal cases against top politicians. Former prime minister Ehud Olmert resigned from office after police recommended he be indicted for ...
Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Barak, Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert. Since 1996, a period of more than 20 years, every Israeli prime minister has been subject to a police investigation, mostly about their connections with tycoons but sometimes about bribery. Not only prime ministers, but members of the ...


 

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