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Ehud Olmert Attends Memorial Day Ceremonies
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert looks up as sirens signal a two-minute silence for war dead and terror victims at the start of the state Memorial Day ceremony at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem on May 7, 2008. The Israeli leader is at the center of a bribery scandal, with the New York Post naming American financier Morris Talansky as having passed cash to Olmert when he was mayor of Jerusalem in the 1990's. (UPI Photo/David Silverman/POOL)
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Morris "Moshe" Talansky (Hebrew: מוריס (משה) טלנסקי‎) is an American businessman and co-founded the New Jerusalem Fund with Ehud Olmert, the Prime Minister of Israel.

In May 2008, Olmert went under investigation for alleged briberies. Talansky is one of two pivotal witnesses in the investigation that alleges that Olmert unlawfully received millions of shekels in illegal campaign funding over a period of 15 years. The other major witness in the case, Olmert's long-time associate and former partner in their Jerusalem law firm, attorney Uri Messer allegedly handled the transfer of cash between Talansky and Olmert. Bradley Simon of Simon & Partners LLP in New York is representing him in this matter.

Over the years, Talansky has made contributions to politicians such as Rudi Giuliani and Bill Clinton.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Morris Talansky."