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Ex-Israeli prime minister given six-year prison sentence

Ex-Israeli prime minister given six-year prison sentence

JERUSALEM, May 13 (UPI) --Israeli former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday for bribery.
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Former Israel P.M. Olmert convicted of bribe-taking

Former Israel P.M. Olmert convicted of bribe-taking

March 31 (UPI) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's political comeback was interrupted Monday by his conviction for bribe-taking while Jerusalem mayor.
Ed Adamczyk

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, March 29, 2014.
By United Press International

Israel calls to release Pollard from U.S. prison

JERUSALEM, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Israeli officials Sunday called for the release of jailed Israeli-American spy Jonathan Pollard amid reports the Washington spied on Israel, officials said.

Israel, EU apparently targeted by British, U.S. spies

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- New intelligence documents detail the targets of U.S. and British intelligence agencies, including leaders in Israel and the European Union.

After years of blocking, Israel backs Gaza offshore gas

GAZA, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- After decades of stifling Palestinian efforts to develop Mediterranean natural gas fields off the Gaza Strip, Israel's government is now reported to be supporting the $1 billion project that observers say could transform Palestinian aspirations for statehood.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.
By United Press International
Mideast peace talks 'long and serious,' Israel says

Mideast peace talks 'long and serious,' Israel says

JERUSALEM, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- The first direct Mideast peace talks in five years were "long and serious," Jerusalem said before U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's follow-up visit Thursday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, July 30, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 10, 2013.
By United Press International

Olmert blamed others for stalled talks with Abbas

JERUSALEM, May 24 (UPI) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he blames others in the Israeli government for a breakdown in negotiations with Palestinians.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, April 11, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, March 30, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, March 29, 2013.
By United Press International
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Outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert departs after a handover ceremony to New Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at Israeli President Shimon Peres' residence in Jerusalem on April 1, 2009. (UPI Photo/Menahem Kahana/Pool)
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Ehud Olmert (Hebrew: אהוד אולמרט‎, IPA:  ( listen), born 30 September 1945) is an Israeli politician and lawyer. He served as Prime Minister of Israel from 2006 to 2009, as a Cabinet Minister from 1988 to 1992 and from 2003 to 2006, and as Mayor of Jerusalem from 1993 to 2003.

In 2003 Olmert was re-elected to the Knesset (he had earlier served eight terms), and became a Cabinet Minister and Acting Prime Minister in the government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. On 4 January 2006, after Sharon suffered a severe hemorrhagic stroke, Olmert began exercising the powers of the office of Prime Minister. Olmert led Kadima to a victory in the March 2006 elections (just two months after Sharon had suffered his stroke), and continued on as Acting Prime Minister. On 14 April, two weeks after the election, Sharon was declared permanently incapacitated, allowing Olmert to legally become Interim Prime Minister. Less than a month later, on 4 May, Olmert and his new, post-election government were approved by the Knesset, thus Olmert officially became Prime Minister of Israel.

Olmert and his government enjoyed healthy relations with the Fatah-led Palestinian National Authority, which culminated in November 2007 at the Annapolis Conference. However, during his tenure as Prime Minister, there were major military conflicts with both Hezbollah and Hamas (predominately in the Gaza Strip). Olmert and Minister of Defense Amir Peretz were heavily criticized for their handling of the 2006 Lebanon War. In late 2008, a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel ended, which led to the 2008–2009 Israel–Gaza conflict. Olmert declared that the Israeli Defense Force would target the Hamas leadership and infrastructure in the war.

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