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September 20, 2008 | Gershom Gorenberg, Gershom Gorenberg is the author, most recently, of "The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977." He blogs at southjerusalem.com.
With its broken promises and wasted potential for peacemaking, the era of Ehud Olmert is ending. On Wednesday, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni was chosen to replace Olmert as head of the ruling Kadima party. Brought down by corruption allegations and stripped of his party leadership, Olmert is expected to resign as prime minister. After that, he'll stay on as caretaker premier only until Livni can form a government.
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December 22, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM - Israel is the latest country to express displeasure with reports of U.S. and British spying on its leaders, although there was not a great deal of surprise over the revelations or suggestions that they would damage relations. Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said Sunday that w hile Israel recognizes that it is a likely target of intelligence-gathering, foreign agencies monitoring the prime minister and minister of defense "is not acceptable to us" and "not legitimate.
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July 10, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - An Israeli court on Tuesday cleared former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of the most serious corruption charges against him, including fraud, concealing cash gifts and double billing, but convicted him on a lesser count of breach of trust. The split decision capped a five-year corruption inquiry that drove Olmert from office in 2009 and helped usher in the right-wing government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It is not the end of Olmert's legal problems. He still faces a bribery trial involving a controversial Jerusalem real estate development built while he was mayor of the city.
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July 10, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - An Israeli court on Tuesday cleared former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of the most serious corruption charges against him, including fraud, concealing cash gifts and double billing, but convicted him on a lesser count of breach of trust. The split decision capped a five-year corruption inquiry that drove Olmert from office in 2009 and helped usher in the right-wing government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It is not the end of Olmert's legal problems. He still faces a bribery trial involving a controversial Jerusalem real estate development built while he was mayor of the city.
WORLD
September 22, 2008 | Joel Greenberg, Chicago Tribune
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert resigned Sunday amid a series of corruption inquiries, beginning a leadership transition that could take weeks and possibly months. Olmert handed a resignation letter to President Shimon Peres, who is expected to assign Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni the task of forming a governing coalition. Livni is the new leader of the ruling Kadima party and hopes to succeed Olmert.
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November 4, 1993 | CAREY GOLDBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The newly elected right-wing mayor of Jerusalem said Wednesday that he will encourage such heavy building across the line between the Arab and Jewish sides of the city that no peace negotiators will ever be able to divide it. "A mayor does have an influence on the infrastructure of the city. He can build the city, he can build in different parts of it, he can rezone and so on," Mayor-elect Ehud Olmert said.
WORLD
April 12, 2006 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
Ariel Sharon's outsized brown leather chair sat empty at his Cabinet's table for the last time Tuesday as government ministers formally ended the stricken Israeli leader's tenure as prime minister. By a solemn and unanimous vote, the Cabinet declared Sharon, who has been in a coma since suffering a devastating stroke Jan. 4, to be permanently incapacitated. The vote was a formality, spurred by legal necessity.
WORLD
January 5, 2006 | Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer
Ehud Olmert, who took over as acting prime minister Wednesday after Ariel Sharon was hospitalized, has been the Israeli leader's steadfast ally as the pair shifted over time from ideological hard-liners to advocates for withdrawing from the Gaza Strip and part of the West Bank.
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March 29, 1994 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a new mayor in a new city hall, "Teddy's town," as Jerusalem was known for more than 25 years, is changing fast. Ehud Olmert, a hard-line member of Israel's former hard-line Likud government, has taken over as mayor from Teddy Kollek, the legendary "Lion of Jerusalem," and after fewer than four months this is no longer "Teddy's town."
WORLD
September 12, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Ehud Olmert pledged to immediately resign as Israel's prime minister once his party chooses his successor as leader next week, shooting down speculation that he would try to hold on to his office. Olmert, who is battling a corruption investigation, announced in July that he would resign after his Kadima party chooses a new leader in Wednesday's primary. But some thought he was vague about the timing of his exit.
WORLD
October 16, 2010 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
The list of corruption investigations in Israel in recent years reads like a Who's Who of the political elite. It includes every prime minister of the last 14 years, two previous presidents, two past Jerusalem mayors, numerous Cabinet ministers and one recently convicted felon who is still serving in the Knesset, or parliament. Ehud Olmert, the only former prime minister to be indicted, is accused of double-billing and is being investigated for allegedly accepting bribes in a real estate scandal.
WORLD
April 8, 2010 | By Batsheva Sobelman
The Holyland Park apartment project, its massive towers strung together on a hill, has long been a source of controversy in Jerusalem, where the tradition has been for buildings to flow with the natural contour. Environmentalists and some city officials objected fiercely, but the project was nonetheless approved, and 14 years later, many Jerusalem residents still call the buildings "The Monsters." Architectural taste isn't criminal. But new details of a corruption scandal stemming from the deal suggest that real crimes may have been committed and possibly explain how the project gained approval despite widespread objection.
WORLD
September 26, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Ehud Olmert became the first current or past Israeli prime minister to go on trial, insisting in a Jerusalem courtroom that he is innocent of corruption allegations that drove him from office. The allegations that haunted Olmert's term, which ended this year, gravely damaged Israelis' faith in their leaders and hurt Olmert's chances of reaching a peace deal with the Palestinians. Entering the court, Olmert told reporters that he had been subjected to an "ordeal of slanders and investigations."
WORLD
August 31, 2009 | Richard Boudreaux
Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was indicted today in corruption scandals that drove him to resign last year, a long-awaited legal step that made him the first current or former holder of Israel's most powerful office to be charged with a criminal offense. The decision by Atty. Gen. Menahem Mazuz will give Israelis a single judicial airing of three cases against Olmert that, along with other scandals involving senior government officials, have undermined public confidence in the country's politicians in recent years.
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March 18, 2009 | Richard Boudreaux
The split screen seemed to capture Israel's mood of frustration over its setbacks in recent years. On one side, television viewers saw the somber face of Ehud Olmert as he addressed them Tuesday evening for perhaps the last time as prime minister. His message: Marathon efforts to win the release of a captured soldier had failed. The other side showed the soldier's dejected parents as they listened from a tent outside Olmert's residence.
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January 1, 2009 | Richard Boudreaux
Israel on Wednesday resisted international calls to halt its airstrikes on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, saying it would keep up pressure on the militant Palestinian group while weighing proposals for a durable cease-fire. As Hamas hurled more than 70 rockets across the border, Israeli warplanes pounded the densely populated coastal enclave for a fifth day, killing two doctors next to their ambulance. Nine other Palestinians died Wednesday, raising the number killed in the offensive to 397.
WORLD
October 1, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have agreed to meet Wednesday to formulate a joint vision of a peace deal to be presented at a November conference in the United States, their aides said. Abbas and Olmert have met five times in recent months, but the two sides remain far apart on how specific the document should be. The Palestinians want to take a detailed framework agreement to the conference, while Israel wants a shorter and vaguer
WORLD
January 18, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he wanted to resume final peace talks with the Palestinians and take harsh action against Jewish squatters in the West Bank. His first policy statement carries weight because of an assumption that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who remains in a coma after a Jan. 4 stroke, will never return to power.
WORLD
September 30, 2008 | Ashraf Khalil, Times Staff Writer
Israel will have to give up "almost all" of the West Bank areas it occupies and accept the division of Jerusalem in order to take advantage of a rapidly closing window of opportunity for peace with the Arabs, outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in an interview published Monday. "The decision we are going to have to make is a decision we have been refusing for 40 years to look at open-eyed," the Israeli leader told the Yediot Aharonot newspaper. "The time has come to say these things.
WORLD
September 22, 2008 | Joel Greenberg, Chicago Tribune
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert resigned Sunday amid a series of corruption inquiries, beginning a leadership transition that could take weeks and possibly months. Olmert handed a resignation letter to President Shimon Peres, who is expected to assign Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni the task of forming a governing coalition. Livni is the new leader of the ruling Kadima party and hopes to succeed Olmert.
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