It's hard to deal with the difficult feeling and imbalance between the scale of the investigation on the one hand and the (low) level of the accusations that we are left with on the otherTrial against ex-Israeli PM begins Feb 25, 2010
This is a false accusation that has no basis, for which there is no evidence. I never knew about itFormer prime minister proclaims innocence Jun 13, 2011
In a normal country, I wouldn't need his [accountant general] approvalFormer prime minister proclaims innocence Jun 13, 2011
In my opinion, the issue of the building freeze at the settlements is marginalOlmert says settlements issue is marginal Sep 24, 2010
If we had reached an agreement, it would have changed the map of the world and the entire Middle EastOlmert says U.S. agreed to accept refugees Sep 20, 2010
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.