Does Susan Rice think Benjamin Netanyahu is a racist?
Wave of violence sweeping Israel is 'terrorism,' US says
Netanyahu offered vague terms for West Bank withdrawal, former US peace negotiator says
Ex-justice: Oversight ‘czar’ should also critique attorney general
Low-calorie bread Catch-22
Out and About : Top 10 Things To Do
Oo la la!
Maccabi Tel Aviv out to avenge recent flops as BSL season tips off
Israel on brink of securing spot in Euro 2016 playoff
Oman cancels Israeli windsurfers' visas
Appreciation: The loss of a renaissance man
Rocket from Gaza lands in southern Israel triggering sirens
Ya'alon urges licensed civilians to carry firearms; Riots reported in Arab towns
Joint List MKs rally in Tel Aviv, Umm al-Fahm
Defense sources fear clip of police shooting suspected terrorist could spark more violence
Abbas working to restore calm in West Bank, Israeli defense sources say
NYC mayor de Blasio to visit Israel, Israeli businessman to foot bill
Edelstein: Romania strong ally in fight against anti-Semitism
Jewish MP in Iran decries ‘destruction of mosques in the Muslim World’
Hebrew education – in Harlem
Report: Russian Jewish leader endorses aid to Assad
Khamenei bans Iran from negotiations with US
Sources: US enforcement of Iran arms embargo slipped during nuclear talks
US measure for Iran victims to get paid before sanctions waived inspired by Shurat Hadin
Analysis: The best reason for Iran deal? The West will learn where to drop bombs
ISIS vs. al-Qaida: Zawahiri says Baghdadi is not the leader of the Muslim world
'ISIS militants blow up ancient Arch of Triumph in Palmyra'
WATCH: Russian warplanes bomb ISIS targets in Syria
'Russia can't claim to fight ISIS terror, while supporting Assad's terror'
Two alleged Hezbollah associates face arms, money laundering charges in New York court
Israel, Iran trade barbs at UN nuclear disarmament panel meeting
Saudi Arabia protests Czech translation of Salman Rushdie's 'Satanic Verses'
Analysis: Gulf states boost aid to Syrian rebels
How to cope with holiday’s excess calories and winter’s illnesses
Health scan: Israeli physicians slowly warming to medical marijuana
Global space community to reach for the stars
Still too soon to determine production potential of Golan Heights oil
Ness Ziona residents threaten to sue Rehovot for raw sewage flow
Burgeoning alternative fuel firms in Israel grow fivefold in less than three years
IN PICTURES: 1,500 eagles pass over Israel on migration route
Israeli parking app, coming to a university near you
Tech talk: Battle Hacks are back
Facebook pegs Israeli satellite to provide African Internet
Israel to host first international 'Under 30' Forbes Summit
Moody’s keeps Israel rating stable
United Airlines to launch non-stop Tel Aviv-San Francisco route
Israel might be heading for the moon
Grapevine: Mission Accomplished
This week in 60 seconds: Terror hits Israel
Grapevine: Labor of love
A faintly Jewish echo
Love, heartbreak, and a brooch – circa 1994
My Word: Succot and the ghosts of intifadas past
Into The Fray: What now?
Looking up to Heaven
Column One: Abbas must be stopped
Parting Shot: Crossing the threshold
Who is a hero?
The diplomacy profession
Coexistence in a cone
2016 Budget: Not just numbers
The good doctor’s advice
Courage, rabbis, courage!
Fresh cooking tips from France
Meandering along the Rhine River, soaking up the rich Jewish heritage
Food does grow on trees
A treasure trove of historical posters
Is your dog Jewish?
Ironic Mother Earth
Neighborhood Watch: Regenerating Safed
Cancer Chronicles: Side effects
Feeling uneasy at the moment?
מִשִירֵי רָחֵל: זֶמֶר נוּגֶה
אֲנִי בְּחוֹפֶש, תִסְתַדְרוּ לְבַד
Living in a shoebox
Building health in Rwanda
‘The Sabbath is on Saturday not Sunday’
Born to dance
Bereshit: The Subatomic and Atomic
America wants out and let the chips fall where they may!
Computer Generated Spirituality
The Tower and the Sword
Do Not Fear - Do Laundry!
Inauguration of the Masonic Forest Square in Jerusalem
Free Schach Distribution in KKL-JNF Forests
Remembering the Victims of 9/11
600 Holocaust Survivors Enjoy Touring with KKL-JNF
greenXchange at EXPO Milano
First Tree after Shmita Year Planted by Bavarian Agriculture Minister
Prime Minister of Lithuania Plants Tree in Jerusalem
KKL-JNF International Expo Mission to Milan
An Ecological Festival at the Shafir Winter Pond
KKL-JNF Global Landscapes Seminar at Expo 2015
New Bio-filters Purify Surface Runoff Water for Reuse
Future Tour Guides Discover the Negev with KKL-JNF
Got Water Problems?
$100 Million JNF Boruchin Israel Education Advocacy Center Opens
JNF Canada Pays Tribute to the Honourable John Baird
From Sunny Israel to Cold Canada
Renewable Energies for the Future in the Arava
LDA Conference: Science and Technology for Forests
The Negev Conference on Agricultural Research and Development
Arava Open Day: Food Security for Israel and the Entire World
Melinda and Chelsea: The Inspiring Story of Aliyah Across the Ages
An Olah Reports From Nepal
How One Oleh is Helping to Transform the Way People Drink Water
From Think Tank to Environmental Consultant
Why People Love Volunteering in Israel
How Natalie Edwards Built a Successful Career in Israel’s Startup Industry
5 Tips to Land a Job in Israel
Starting Your Own Business in Israel: Real Life Examples
Where Are They Now? The Olim of the July 2014 Charter Flight
36 Hours in Southern Israel
Food Shopping In Israel
How Women Can Have it All in Israel
Why Retirees are Thriving in Israel
Thanks to Aliyah video
6 Frequently Asked Questions about Israeli Healthcare
Starting Over in Israel
Spotted on Social: Moshe Somers’ Activity List
Sam Eisenberg: From Nativ to Aliyah
WATCH: Why Olim #LiveLoveIsrael
5 Ways that Olim Kick Back
WATCH: Highlights of 221 Olim Landing on the July 2015 Charter Flight
“WATCH: Highlights of 232 Olim Landing on the August 2015 Charter Flight”
Make yourself at home… in Israel
10.10.2015 | 27 Tishri, 5776
Rioting resumes throughout east Jerusalem Saturday night
MK calls to ban Secret smartphone application
Confirmed: Body of Aaron Sofer found in Jerusalem Forest
US: Israeli police harassing another Abu Khdeir cousin
With another yeshiva student arrested, haredi ‘draft dodgers’ could soon number in hundreds
Missing American's parents meet with Jerusalem police chief
Ayala Hasson, first woman to head Channel One News Division
Bar-Lev: Allow siblings’ names on IDF headstones
Sa’ar denies presidential deal with haredim
Police heighten security ahead of haredi protest in capital
Analysis: US tries policy of ‘shame’ to stem Chinese cyber-hacking
Israeli nightlife figure found dead in Tel Aviv apartment in apparent murder
YONAH JEREMY BOB \
Zaken in court 311.
(photo credit:Yaakov Lappin)
The state and former prime minister Ehud Olmert on Tuesday found themselves on the same side against Shula Zaken in dueling legal briefs before the High Court of Justice.The matter in question was whether Olmert’s former top aide would add new testimony against Olmert in the Holyland trial.Zaken told the High Court, through her lawyers, that she was ready to return to the witness stand and testify against Olmert and other defendants, even without a deal, in order to arrive at the truth.The series of legal briefs came in the wake of an NGO’s petition to the High Court to compel the state to reverse its decision to refuse Zaken’s request for a plea bargain in exchange for testimony against Olmert.The Holyland trial pits the state against Olmert, Zaken and 14 other prominent defendants for one of the largest bribery and fraud schemes in the country’s history – relating to the Holyland real estate project in south Jerusalem.The NGO, the Movement for the Quality of Government in Israel, said that the court should order the state to cut a deal with Zaken in order to get her testimony against Olmert, the “biggest fish” in the case.The Movement called the state’s refusal to cut a deal with Zaken extremely unreasonable, since the state had wanted to cut a deal with her earlier in the case. The state and Olmert demurred.The state said that it was not the court’s place to render any decision about the state’s professional judgment on matters such as whether to open or close a case or agree to a plea bargain – other than in the most extreme circumstances.It objected to the Movement even filing the petition, saying that even in the extreme cases where the court might intervene, petitions were filed by victims or persons directly impacted by the case, not an NGO with no direct connection.Regarding the substance of its decision not to cut a deal with Zaken, the state cited the extremely late stage of the case in which she had a change of heart, inconsistencies in her new version of events relating to the charges against her personally and her lack of external evidence to confirm her accusations against Olmert – and her preference of her new version of events over the old version that she testified to in court.The state said that despite its unwillingness to make a deal, if she wished to request that the court allow her to provide more testimony, it would not stand in her way and leave the issue to Tel Aviv District Court Judge David Rozen’s discretion.Olmert’s legal team made many of the same arguments, but added that having seen a transcript of her statements to police (which they are prohibited from disclosing to the public) it was clear that they were falsified statements.They said she made up all of the allegations in anger over Olmert’s refusal to corroborate her story – that her romance with the state’s main witness Shmuel Duchner was the reason for Duchner giving her gifts, and that they weren’t bribes for help with the Holyland project.His legal team also slammed the press for printing all sorts of allegations that Zaken allegedly made against Olmert, which they said were not even part of her statements to police.
Your comment must be approved by a moderator before being published on JPost.com.
Disqus users can post comments automatically.
Comments must adhere to our Talkback policy. If you believe that a comment has breached the Talkback policy, please press the flag icon to bring it to the attention of our moderation team.
Sign up for our newsletter
Please insert a valid email address
By signing up to The Jpost mailing list, I hereby