Olmert, Ehud

Olmert, Ehud

(ā`kho͞od ōl`mârt), 1945–, Israeli politician. After serving in the army and working as a lawyer, he won election to the Knesset in 1973 as a Likud candidate. Under Prime Minister ShamirShamir, Yitzhak
, 1915–2012, Zionist activist and Israeli politician, b. Poland. Emigrating (1935) to Palestine, he was twice arrested by the British for participating in a militant Jewish organization; in 1946 he fled to France.
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 he was minister without portfolio (1988–90) and minister of health (1990–92). Olmert was elected mayor of Jerusalem in 1993, resigned from the Knesset in 1998, and unsuccessfully challenged Ariel SharonSharon, Ariel
, 1928–2014, Israeli general and politician, b. Kfar Malal as Ariel Scheinerman. As a teenager he joined the Haganah, the underground Zionist military brigade, and took his Hebrew name from the Sharon Plain, where he worked in 1947.
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 for the Likud party leadership in 1999. Subsequently a close Sharon ally, Olmert ended a decade as mayor to return to the Knesset and serve under Prime Minister Sharon as deputy prime minister (2003–6) and minister of trade, industry, and labor (2003–6) and finance (2005–6). Olmert supported Sharon's founding of the centrist Kadima party in 2005, and when Sharon suffered an incapacitating stroke in Jan., 2006, Olmert became acting prime minister. Olmert led Kadima to a plurality in the Mar., 2006, elections and became prime minister the next month. His government was weakened by its largely unsuccessful 2006 invasion of Lebanon, and an independent report was critical of his handling of it. Further weakened by an investigation in 2008 into his alleged acceptance of bribes, he resigned as Kadima leader in Sept., 2008. In 2012 he was convicted of illegally granting favors but cleared of corruption charges, but in 2015 he was convicted of fraud after a retrial. He also was convicted in 2014 on corruption charges relating to a Jerusalem development.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday issued a statement saying "We will not agree to a situation in which Ehud Olmert, Ehud Barak and Tzipi Livni will be summoned to the defendant's benchC*We will not agree that IDF commanders and soldiers, who - heroically and in a moral fashion - defended our citizens against a brutal and criminal enemy, will be condemned as war criminals.
We will not agree to a situation in which Ehud Olmert, Ehud Barak and Tzipi Livni, who sent [Israeli] soldiers to defend our cities and citizens, will be summoned as defendants to The Hague", Netanyahu said.
We will not agree to a situation in which Ehud Olmert, Ehud Barak and Tzipi Livni, who sent (Israeli) soldiers to defend our cities and citizens, will be summoned as defendants to The Hague," Netanyahu said.
We will not agree to a situation whereby Ehud Olmert, Ehud Barak and Tizpi Livni, who sent soldiers of the Israeli Defence Forces to defend our values and citizens, are subject to charges at The Hague," he said, referring to Israel's former prime minister, current defence chief and former foreign minister.
Ehud Olmert, Ehud Barak and Tzipi Livni will stand at the forefront of the guilty.
It rather allows Ehud Olmert, Ehud Barak, and Tzipi Livni to spread their poison.