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In a 15-minute interview, the former premier also offered implicit criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's attitude toward his Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
The cross-border raid resulted in Hezbollah taking Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev captive, triggering the Second Lebanon War.
Community is understanding of the reasons for cancelling the historic trip and hopes it will be rescheduled.
By GIL HOFFMAN
Corrupt officials who avoid jail pay no public price at all; until that changes, corruption won’t end.
By EVELYN GORDON
If Olmert’s appeal is accepted, the points made by Avi-Yitzhak will be of major significance with regard to both the harshness of the sentence imposed on Olmert, and the character-assassinating terminology used by Judge David Rozen.
By GREER FAY CASHMAN
The past year saw former PM Olmert convicted, the murder of a Jerusalem teen that sparked unrest in Jerusalem and the snowstorm of the century.
By PEGGY CIDOR
As long as it takes over a year for a permit for a simple change to a building, the use of corrupt ‘facilitators,’ as in the Holyland case, will flourish.
Sentence means that former PM must now serve 19 months in jail total when adding in his prior 18 month Holyland Affair sentence for bribery.
By YONAH JEREMY BOB
Not only will Olmert go to jail to serve an 18-month sentence for bribery, he also admitted regret and confessed to a crime for the first time two weeks ago in the Shula Zaken secret tapes saga.
Olmert is already set to become the first prime minister in the country’s history to go to jail, on February 15.
In the plea bargain that Olmert agreed to on January 18, he admitted to obstruction of justice with Zaken in both the Talansky Affair and the Holyland Affair.
Former PM has last word before Talansky, Rishon Tours appeals decided.
The police had said they found no evidence to support the allegations, including in certain “secret” tapes of various Barak conversations discovered in a Defense Ministry safe.
Olmert is reportedly considering admitting to some level of obstructing justice in exchange for all of his prison sentences running concurrently instead of consecutively.
Olmert faces 18 months in prison from the Holyland Affair, a potential additional 8 months from the Talansky Affair and more time from the Rishon Tours and Investment Affairs.
“A man who did so many great things for Israel should be pardoned,” Olmert’s brother says.
When the Holyland trial started around three-and-a- half years ago, the former prime minister still saw himself as the king of the world and as possibly returning to the prime minister’s chair.
The Supreme Court just made it harder to obtain convictions of public figures involved in bribery.
First PM in history to get jail sentence; will serve 18 months rather than 6 years.
If he wins the appeal, he will reverse a string of losses over the last approximately 18 months and escape the longer of the two jail sentences hanging over his head.
Lupolianski, Dankner, other verdicts also to be announced.
The ruling came as the state made a surprise announcement at the hearing that it would not oppose postponing Olmert's sentence pending the appeal.
The state’s request on Sunday was a partial response to Olmert’s Thursday appeal of his conviction and of the prison sentence to the Supreme Court.
Olmert also requests that the start of his eight-month sentence be delayed, pending the appeal.
Olmert, who served as then-prime minister Ariel Sharon’s top deputy in August 2005, is perceived as "one of the architects of the disengagement from Gush Katif."
While most commentators do not think the former prime minister has much of a chance of tossing out his Holyland conviction, there is a strong chance that the six year sentence will be reduced.
Jail time could be added on to six year sentence from Holyland bribery conviction.
Prosecutor seeking up to 18 months behind bars – on top of six-year term resulting from Holyland affair.
First time Olmert's team admits: No need to punish Olmert harshly to deter him - "he's lost his world, he has no public future."
Throughout the case, one of the great mysteries was what was the new judge thinking?
On Monday, Olmert fell, and he fell hard.
New MKs on the Left can only look back at the Olmert era as a missed opportunity to reach an agreement with the Palestinians that was artificially cut short by corruption.
Olmert could face up to five more years in prison because his conviction was solely for fraud, but fraud under "aggravated circumstances."
Former prime minister Olmert’s fate in the balance following 2012 acquittal of illegally using cash he received in envelopes from NY businessman.
One never knows what judges are thinking until one reads their verdict.
Olmert’s lawyer, Eyal Rozovsky, who joined his prior lawyer Eli Zohar for the retrial, attacked the heart of the prosecution’s case until this point.
Ex-prime minister facing retrial in Talansky Affair following release of Zaken recordings.
Following the parole board ruling to shorten her sentence, she was expected to be released on January 26.
The new recordings have joined an already stranger-than-fiction saga of Olmert’s legal entanglements.
Until Thursday, it was unclear how slim former prime minister Ehud Olmert’s chances were of getting the Supreme Court to overturn his March convictions for bribery in the Holyland trial.
Attorneys had agreed brother Yossi Olmert was given money, but now deny that he received NIS 500,000 bribe.
High Court hears Lupolianski, Holyland defendants appeal their bribery convictions; Olmert's appeal set for Wednesday.
Olmert was convicted on two counts of bribery by Tel Aviv District Court Judge David Rozen in March and sentenced to six years in prison in May.
Olmert told former aide Zaken in taped phone call that Barak “has millions, tens of millions, stashed away in secret bank accounts in Switzerland, or somewhere,” allegedly from weapons deals.
If the convictions and sentence stand, Olmert’s political career is wiped out, with the earliest he could return to politics being in around 13 years’ time.
Olmert's former chief-of-staff took the state's deal and turned against her around three-decades-long boss to get several years of prison cut from her sentence and said she never received the funds.
Eyal Arad asked Olmert’s longtime chief of staff Shula Zaken whether Olmert had skeletons in the closet when he took over as Kadima’s PM candidate; Zaken reportedly said no.
Zaken responds to pressure about taping Olmert: "I'm glad I had this joker to play."
Olmert's lead lawyer in the retrial was trying to portray Zaken as a serial liar whose current testimony for the state against Olmert cannot be trusted.
The decision came a day after an NGO asked Weinstein to investigate taped allegations by Olmert against his then defense minister.
Olmert is heard telling Zaken that Barak “has millions, tens of millions, stashed away in secret bank accounts in Switzerland, or somewhere.”
By YONAH JEREMY BOB,JPOST.COM STAFF
The television network obtained audio recordings of Olmert’s conversations with Shula Zaken.
Trial continues on Wednesday and likely to least through December and January, which will cover Zaken’s testimony and Olmert’s and others’ counter-testimony attacking her narrative, trustworthines.
Zaken was in Jerusalem District Court for the retrial of the Talansky Affair case.
The retrial of the Talansky Affair comes in light of explosive new allegedly damaging evidence revealed in audio tapes provided by Zaken.
The alleged messages show Zaken requesting Olmert to obtain job interviews for her son with Bank Discount's CEO and the Harel Group, as well as getting a European vacation home.
The state also made a second attempt to move ahead with charges against another former Olmert aide, Rachel Rizby- Raz, who was allegedly part of the Rishon Tours Affair.
The seven other Holyland defendants also allowed to stay out of jail pending appeal, on rationale that they don't pose a danger; appeals must take place within three months.
Former prime minister Ehud Olmert fought before the Supreme Court on Thursday to stay out of jail pending the appeal of his bribery conviction.
Ex-PM hopes to delay start of sentence until appeal.
Olmert has probably now lost any benefit of the doubt he had with the Supreme Court.
In Talansky Affair, round two will grapple with damning Zaken tapes.
Israel learns the hard way the limitations of its power when it faces a superpower with important interests in the Middle East.
By YOSSI MELMAN
According to the report, the Olmert assassination plot was foiled by Mohammed Shurba, an alleged Israeli operative who managed to infiltrate the upper echelons of Hezbollah.
A New York jury in a blockbuster terrorism finance trial about to decide: Did Jordan’s largest bank know it was funding Hamas during the second intifada?
By YONAH JEREMY BOB,FRANK G. RUNYEON
Former PM was acquitted in 2012 of failing to report cash received from New York businessman; original judge panel to return for retrial.
Tapes submitted by Shula Zaken lead court to retry case Olmert was acquitted for in 2012; potentially could add to 6 year Holyland prison sentence.
With Olmert's appeal due to be filed Wednesday, a win on the next delay could buy him months or even over a year.
Supreme Court agrees to review Zaken tapes,
Bill would double ‘cooling off ’ period to 14 years for pols found guilty of crimes involving moral turpitude.
The ruling, the final one in the Holyland trial, is likely to be the most controversial since Lupolianski directed "bribery" funds to his charity.
By YONAH JEREMY BOB,JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH
The Supreme Court had been divided and in the process of figuring out how to break their disagreement about whether to grant the state’s earlier request appealing Olmert’s acquittal.
The state’s move had been expected since the state struck a plea bargain deal with Olmert’s former chief of staff Shula Zaken.
Former PM, who is set to go to prison in September pending appeal, requested to travel in order to facilitate various business deals.
If the indictment is filed, this would be the third case against Olmert and a whole new legal front for him to have to defend.
The move has been expected since the state struck a plea bargain deal with Olmert's former chief-of-staff Shula Zaken.
Saying that something bizarre and unheard of happened in the Holyland trial should already be cliché – but it keeps happening.
Judge David Rozen says Zaken deserves 5 years in prison for her part in Holyland scandal, but he must accept plea deal as per Supreme Court.
Surprisingly for those present in the courtroom, the case started with laughter.
Judge Rozen never viewed the former PM as deserving special treatment, always referring to him as "defendant number eight"; the judge said that the betrayal of the public is greatest with the "minister of ministers."
Prison officials say that as a former prime minister, Olmert was for years privy to state secrets of the highest confidentiality and his safety in jail must be assured in coordination with the Shin Bet.
By BEN HARTMAN
PM's attorney says Olmert remains emphatic that he took no bribes; State Attorney's Office: There is one rule for those who are corrupt.
President Shimon Peres expresses sadness over Olmert's fate; settler group rejoices in his punishment, calling Olmert "satanic brain" of disengagement.
Judge: Olmert, others who took bribes are like "traitors" to public's faith;
court says Olmert to begin sentence Sept. 1, pending appeal.
Experts have been estimating that former PM will likely get prison time; Judge says Olmert's crimes represent "moral turpitude," meaning he can't reenter politics for 7 years; Holyland mastermind Cherny gets 3.5 years.
Once Olmert internalizes the verdict of the Supreme Court and expresses true remorse, he can begin to look toward the future.
By JPOST EDITORIAL
How is it that Olmert is still walking free and few seem to think this is a travesty? Olmert is not alone; all those convicted in the Holyland affair have yet to go to jail.
By YISRAEL MEDAD AND ELI POLLAK
Watermelon democracies and their critics sometimes become so obsessed with the tasteless pits that we forget the surrounding wonders.
By GIL TROY
Only by scapegoating and criminalizing Israel worldwide can Abbas maintain his relevance to the international Left.
By CAROLINE B. GLICK
When people like Olmert break the law, we want them to pay dearly for the
privileges it affords them. When the rest of us do the same on a smaller scale, we refuse to forfeit even the benefits of moral indignation.
By RUTHIE BLUM
One of a politician’s most important roles is to ensure that hard-earned taxpayers’ money and public resources are allocated fairly and honestly.
By JPost Editorial