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Olmert: Right-wing dollars killed peaceupdated: Sat May 05 2012 08:38:00

Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert tells Christiane Amanpour right-wing American dollars killed his plan for Mideast peace.

Former Israeli PM calls for U.S. to lead any Iran strikeupdated: Tue May 01 2012 05:22:00

If international efforts to halt Iran's nuclear program fail, any military action against Tehran should be led not by Israel, but by the United States, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said this week.

Former Israeli PM: U.S. was ready to take Palestinian refugeesupdated: Sun Sep 19 2010 20:56:00

The United States under President George W. Bush was prepared to take in 100,000 Palestinian refugees as part of a Middle East peace deal, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday.

Former Jerusalem mayor arrested in corruption probeupdated: Thu Apr 15 2010 02:46:00

The former mayor of Jerusalem, Uri Lupolianski, was arrested Wednesday in connection with an investigation into allegedly corrupt real estate deals in Jerusalem, Israeli police said.

Olmert pleads innocence as fraud trial opensupdated: Fri Sep 25 2009 06:22:00

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert proclaimed his innocence in a Jerusalem court as proceedings began Friday in his high-profile corruption trial.

Ex-Israeli leader Olmert charged in corruption probeupdated: Sun Aug 30 2009 14:44:00

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been indicted on a variety of corruption charges in a probe that dogged his last months in office, prosecutors announced Sunday.

Israeli police disable car bomb outside crowded shopping mallupdated: Sun Mar 22 2009 11:38:00

A "huge disaster" was averted when a car bomb, set to go off outside a shopping mall, was disabled before it exploded, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday.

Talks continue over kidnapped Israeli soldierupdated: Mon Mar 16 2009 08:47:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert postponed a Cabinet meeting scheduled for Monday as talks aimed at securing the release of a kidnapped Israeli soldier were extended.

Israelis protest for captured soldierupdated: Fri Mar 13 2009 14:21:00

Hundreds of people in Israel made a show of support Friday for the parents of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Israel's Olmert may face corruption chargesupdated: Mon Mar 02 2009 16:20:00

Israel's attorney general says he is considering charging Prime Minister Ehud Olmert with corruption over allegations he illegally received funds from an American businessman.

Kadima hoping to hold onto powerupdated: Fri Feb 06 2009 14:40:00

CNN.com profiles the leading parties and party leaders ahead of Tuesday's Israeli elections.

Olmert: Attack on Gaza was 'unavoidable'updated: Sun Jan 04 2009 13:37:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told his Cabinet Sunday he had "no alternative" but to order a ground incursion in Gaza to end Hamas rocket attacks on southern Israel.

Olmert: Attack on Gaza was "unavoidable"updated: Sun Jan 04 2009 07:56:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told his Cabinet Sunday he had "no alternative" but to order a ground incursion in Gaza to end Hamas rocket attacks on southern Israel.

Israeli PM: Settlers' actions tantamount to 'pogrom'updated: Sun Dec 07 2008 10:10:00

Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert opened his weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday with sharp words for Jewish settlers who opened fire on Palestinians last week, saying their actions constituted a "pogrom."

Time.com: Olmert's Lame-Duck Epiphany About Palestinian Peaceupdated: Tue Sep 30 2008 15:00:00

As Israel's embattled prime minister prepares to leave office, he issues a series of stunning departure statements

Time.com: Olmert Decries 'Wind of Extremism' in Israelupdated: Sun Sep 28 2008 12:00:00

An "evil wind of extremism" is threatening Israel's democracy, outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned Sunday

Olmert resigns -- sort ofupdated: Mon Sep 22 2008 17:05:00

The resignation of Israeli President Ehud Olmert doesn't necessarily mean he's gone. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports.

Time.com: What Olmert's Resignation Means for Israelupdated: Mon Sep 22 2008 07:00:00

Although he remains as head of an interim government, the task of forging a new coalition falls to Tzipi Livni, Olmert's replacement as head of the Kadima party

Israeli PM Olmert hands in resignationupdated: Sun Sep 21 2008 21:01:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert handed in his resignation to President Shimon Peres on Sunday, Peres announced.

Time.com: Israel PM Olmert Tells Cabinet He Will Resignupdated: Sun Sep 21 2008 05:10:00

Israel's corruption-tainted prime minister told his Cabinet that he would step down, following through on a promise to allow the new leader of the ruling party to try to form a coalition government

Time.com: Livni Wins Party Vote to Succeed Olmert in Israelupdated: Thu Sep 18 2008 06:00:00

Tzipi Livni wins a close race (by fewer than 500 votes) to become the new leader of Israel's ruling Kadima Party

Time.com: Who Will Follow Olmert as Israeli Prime Minister?updated: Wed Sep 17 2008 16:45:00

Israel's ruling party stages a primary, forcing its members to choose between moving right and moving left

Time.com: Israel's Olmert Prepares for His Last Act updated: Tue Sep 16 2008 16:00:00

Israel's prime minister is bound for the political scrapheap. In his last days, could he become a peacemaker?

Time.com: Olmert to Resign as Israel PMupdated: Fri Sep 12 2008 10:00:00

Ehud Olmert pledged Thursday to immediately resign as Israel's prime minister once his party chooses his successor as leader next week

Time.com: Olmert Charges Grow More Likelyupdated: Sun Sep 07 2008 23:00:00

Israel's top police officers recommend that the Prime Minister be indicted for alleged fraud and bribery

Israeli police recommend charges for PM Olmertupdated: Sun Sep 07 2008 18:56:00

Israeli police on Sunday recommended that outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert be indicted on corruption charges stemming from two investigations, a police spokesman said.

Olmert could face indictmentupdated: Sun Sep 07 2008 18:56:00

Israeli police recommend indicting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for corruption. CNN's Paula Hancocks reports

Israeli PM to free up to 150 prisoners, officials sayupdated: Wed Aug 06 2008 11:12:00

Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert agreed Wednesday to release between 120 and 150 Palestinian prisoners by the end of the month, officials told CNN.

Time.com: Olmert Questioned Again in Probeupdated: Sat Aug 02 2008 00:00:00

Israeli police questioned Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Friday for the fourth time in a corruption investigation that has brought about his political downfall

Time.com: Israel After Olmertupdated: Thu Jul 31 2008 08:00:00

A widely reviled Prime Minister quits, reminding his people of the political stalemate over which he presided

Olmert announcementupdated: Wed Jul 30 2008 18:04:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says he will step down as party leader once a replacement is elected.

Time.com: Olmert Dims Hopes for Peace Dealupdated: Wed Jul 30 2008 17:30:00

Israelis and Palestinians are unlikely to agree even on a hypothetical peace plan being promoted by the Bush Administration

Israel's prime minister to step downupdated: Wed Jul 30 2008 17:07:00

Scandal-hit Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced Wednesday that he will not be his party's leader going into the next election.

Time.com: Olmert to Step Down in Septemberupdated: Wed Jul 30 2008 15:00:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced Wednesday he will resign in September, raising doubts about progress for U.S.-backed Mideast peace efforts

Olmert not confident of peace deal this yearupdated: Mon Jul 28 2008 07:02:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert does not believe a peace accord with the Palestinians can be reached by the end of the year, according to a senior Israeli official.

Time.com: Olmert Doubts Peace Deal In 2008 updated: Mon Jul 28 2008 06:00:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says he doesn't believe a peace accord can be reached with the Palestinians in 2008

Olmert: Settlements should not impede peaceupdated: Mon Jul 21 2008 01:16:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday that his country's disagreement with Britain over expanding settlements in the West Bank "should not stand in the way" of a peace agreement with the Palestinians.

Time.com: Olmert: Never Closer to Peaceupdated: Sun Jul 13 2008 11:00:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says that Israel and the Palestinians have never been closer to a peace deal

Time.com: Will Scandal Finally Engulf Olmert?updated: Fri Jul 11 2008 16:00:00

A new set of interrogations pushes Israel's prime minister deeper into flame-out mode. Will his party and his country finally give him the heave-ho?

Time.com: New Allegations in Olmert Scandalupdated: Fri Jul 11 2008 14:00:00

Israeli police unveiled stunning new allegations against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Friday, accusing him of getting multiple sources to pay for the same trips abroad so he could pocket the difference

Israeli police widen Olmert probeupdated: Fri Jul 11 2008 13:43:00

Israeli investigators say they suspect Prime Minister Ehud Olmert asked multiple public organizations to cover the same expenses and pocketed the extra money when he was Jerusalem mayor and a government minister.

Israeli PM avoids early electionsupdated: Wed Jun 25 2008 07:42:00

Israeli lawmakers have reached a last-minute deal that will allow embattled Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to stay in power for a few more months. In exchange, Olmert's party agreed to hold primary elections by September 25.

Time.com: Israeli PM Scandal Takes Back Seatupdated: Thu Jun 05 2008 13:00:00

A scandal engulfing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was pushed into the background as the embattled Israeli leader and President Bush declared their resolve against Iran

Ruling party 'must be ready' to replace Olmertupdated: Thu May 29 2008 11:23:00

Israel's foreign minister warned the ruling Kadima party Thursday that it must be prepared to replace Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who is embroiled in a corruption probe, an aide said.

Time.com: Israel: Olmert Pressured to Resignupdated: Thu May 29 2008 05:00:00

Israel's powerful defense minister on Wednesday called on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to step down amid a burgeoning corruption scandal and threatened to bring down the government if the Israeli leader does not comply

Defense chief urges Israeli leader to step downupdated: Wed May 28 2008 19:17:00

Israel's defense minister said Wednesday that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert should step down while he defends himself against corruption allegations.

Time.com: Why Israel Is Talking to Its Enemies updated: Tue May 27 2008 14:35:00

President Bush has blasted such negotiations, but that hasn't stopped Prime Minister Olmert from talking to three of Israel's implacable foes -- Hamas, Hizballah and Syria

U.S. donor says Israeli leader received $150,000updated: Tue May 27 2008 12:09:00

A U.S. businessman testified Tuesday that thousands of dollars he donated or loaned to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for political reasons also appeared to pay for luxury expenses.

Olmert fraud probeupdated: Tue May 13 2008 15:59:00

American Businessman Morris Talansky denies that he tried to bribe Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Police raid Israeli ministerial building in Olmert inquiryupdated: Tue May 13 2008 15:59:00

Israeli police investigators raided a ministerial building Tuesday and seized documents related to a fraud investigation of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, a police spokesman said.

Israeli police raid city offices in Olmert fraud probeupdated: Mon May 12 2008 18:34:00

Authorities raided municipal offices in Jerusalem on Monday as part of a fraud investigation involving Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, police said.

Time.com: Israel's Party Marred By Olmert Probeupdated: Mon May 12 2008 16:50:00

Foreign dignitaries arriving to honor the Jewish State on its anniversary are greeted by a prime minister facing new legal troubles

Time.com: Olmert Accused of Illegal Fundingupdated: Thu May 08 2008 20:00:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, responding to fresh accusations that he illegally accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from a U.S. citizen, on Thursday said he will step down if he is indicted

Police investigate whether Israeli PM received money illegallyupdated: Thu May 08 2008 18:07:00

Police are investigating whether Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert received money illegally while he was mayor of Jerusalem and the nation's minister of industry, trade and labor.

Mideast peace by year's endupdated: Tue May 06 2008 11:25:00

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is hopeful that peace can be reached soon. CNN's Atika Shubert reports.

Foreign witness may be deposed in Israeli leader probeupdated: Tue May 06 2008 11:25:00

Authorities continue to investigate Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and a former top aide, and a court said Tuesday it may question a foreign national in connection with the probe.

Time.com: Israeli Settlement Plans Imperil Talksupdated: Mon Mar 10 2008 09:00:00

Plans to build homes inside disputed West Bank territory are likely to bog down upcoming Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

Israeli war reportupdated: Thu Jan 31 2008 01:22:00

A report into Israel's 2006 war in Lebanon says it failed militarily and politically. CNN's Atika Shubert reports.

Time.com: Olmert Dodges a Bullet on Lebanonupdated: Wed Jan 30 2008 15:00:00

A long-awaited report on the Israeli prime minister's handling of the 2006 Lebanon War is out. And Olmert breathes easier

Time.com: Olmert: Israel Breaching 'Road Map'updated: Fri Jan 04 2008 14:00:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called his nation's continued construction in West Bank settlements a breach of Israel's obligations under a recently revived peace plan

Israeli police to recommend not charging Olmertupdated: Thu Nov 29 2007 13:53:00

Israeli police will recommend not charging Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for any involvement in the privatization of Bank Leumi, Israel's second-largest bank, police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told CNN Thursday.

Expectations low for summitupdated: Wed Nov 28 2007 17:31:00

The Israeli and Palestinian public have low expectations for the Annapolis summit. CNN's Atika Shubert reports

Retired U.S. general to tackle Israeli-Palestinian security issuesupdated: Wed Nov 28 2007 17:31:00

Calling this "a time of renewed hope," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced Wednesday a former NATO commander will step into a new role as U.S. special envoy for Mideast security.

Key players optimistic ahead of Mideast summitupdated: Mon Nov 26 2007 22:43:00

Israeli and Palestinian leaders Monday expressed hope and optimism that a renewed peace effort will emerge from Tuesday's conference in Annapolis, Maryland.

Time.com: What the Saudis Want from Annapolisupdated: Sun Nov 25 2007 18:00:00

INTERVIEW: Riyadh's Foreign Minister is optimistic on U.S. peace efforts, but he won't be shaking hands with the Israelis

West Bank worriesupdated: Mon Nov 19 2007 13:54:00

CNN's Ben Wedeman reports that the U.S. supports the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank to prevent a Hamas takeover.

Time.com: Rice Talks Mideast Peace (Round 8) 
updated: Mon Nov 05 2007 19:55:00

The Secretary of State is focused on getting the Israelis and Palestinians to show up at Bush's peace conference in Annapolis. Just what they'll accomplish there is far less certain

Israeli PM has prostate cancerupdated: Mon Oct 29 2007 08:02:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced Monday he will undergo a surgical procedure in the coming months to remove the early stages of a "cancerous tumor" in his prostate.

Israel: Iran nukes are world issueupdated: Tue Oct 23 2007 13:42:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday that Iran's controversial nuclear program is "a major issue for the entire world" and called for stronger sanctions against Tehran.

Report: Plot to kill Israeli PM foiledupdated: Sun Oct 21 2007 12:01:00

A Palestinian militant cell planned to assassinate Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert during a recent visit to the West Bank city of Jericho, Israeli media reported Sunday.

Time.com: Olmert Faces Probe of Apt. Dealupdated: Mon Sep 24 2007 18:00:00

A real estate scandal puts Israel's Prime Minister in the legal cross hairs again, but his political rivals may not take advantage of it

Israeli PM faces criminal probeupdated: Mon Sep 24 2007 12:04:00

Israel's attorney general has ordered police to carry out a criminal investigation into the purchase of a Jerusalem home by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, a statement by the Justice Ministry said.

Israeli official: Olmert, Abbas discuss major issuesupdated: Mon Aug 27 2007 22:40:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tackled the biggest issues dividing the two sides at their meeting on Tuesday -- final borders, Jerusalem and Palestinian refugees, an Israeli official said.

Palestinian gunmen renounce attacks under Israeli amnesty dealupdated: Mon Jul 16 2007 06:29:00

Israel has agreed to remove 178 Palestinian militants from its watch list after the armed fugitives signed a pledge renouncing attacks against Israel and accepted the principles of the group's new West Bank-based interim government.

Israel PM to attend Mideast summitupdated: Thu Jun 21 2007 08:55:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will attend a four-way summit Monday sponsored by Egypt and intended to boost moderate Palestinian leaders like President Mahmoud Abbas, a spokesman for Olmert said Thursday.

Olmert, Abbas urged to meetupdated: Wed Jun 06 2007 08:45:00

The Middle East Quartet has invited Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to a June 25 meeting in Cairo, according to Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Ziad Abu Amir.

Israeli foreign minister joins calls for Olmert to resign updated: Wed May 02 2007 08:51:00

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Wednesday that he should resign over his handling of last summer's war in Lebanon.

Olmert, Abbas agree to hold regular talksupdated: Tue Mar 27 2007 04:37:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have agreed to meet every two weeks to discuss security issues and "build confidence," U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday at a news conference in Jerusalem.

Olmert, Rice agree to 3-way talks with Abbasupdated: Mon Jan 15 2007 06:27:00

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert have agreed to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a three-way summit as a way to generate momentum for the stalled Middle East peace process, U.S. and Israeli officials said Monday.

Israel PM: 'I'm sorry if civilians injured' in raidupdated: Thu Jan 04 2007 11:25:00

Four Palestinians were killed and 25 wounded, including two journalists, Thursday during an Israeli military operation in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Palestinian conflict a topic for Olmert-Bush talksupdated: Sun Nov 12 2006 10:59:00

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be one of the issues discussed when Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert meets with President Bush on Monday, according to a White House statement.

Olmert blames 'technical error' for deadly shellingupdated: Thu Nov 09 2006 10:20:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Thursday blamed a "technical error" for the military's tank shelling of Beit Hanoun that killed 19 Palestinian civilians, mostly women and children, according to a spokeswoman with the minister's office.

Olmert OKs limited probe into Lebanon warupdated: Mon Aug 28 2006 13:48:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday rejected an independent commission to investigate his government's handling of the war against Hezbollah militants in Lebanon.

CNNMoney: Israeli stocks down after electionupdated: Wed Mar 29 2006 06:11:00

Israeli stocks traded lower on Wednesday after the centrist Kadima Party won the most seats in Israel's parliament, but captured fewer seats than markets had expected.

Israeli media: Kadima wins at pollsupdated: Tue Mar 28 2006 03:20:00

Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's 4-month-old centrist Kadima party took the largest share of parliamentary seats in elections Tuesday, according to Israeli media.

Israel warns Abbas about Hamasupdated: Tue Feb 14 2006 14:55:00

Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to take action to disarm Hamas before it gains control of the Palestinian government.

Israeli leader outlines West Bank withdrawal planupdated: Tue Feb 07 2006 15:56:00

Without negotiating with Palestinians, Israel plans to withdraw from the West Bank, but it will retain all major Jewish settlements and Jerusalem will remain intact, acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday in an interview.

Israeli leader: Only route to peace is 2 statesupdated: Tue Jan 24 2006 20:08:00

Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday that the most important challenge facing the nation is "setting the permanent borders of the state of Israel to ensure a Jewish majority."

Israel: Iran must not acquire nuclear weaponsupdated: Tue Jan 17 2006 10:51:00

As Israeli diplomats departed for Russia on Tuesday to discuss deep concerns about Iran's nuclear facilities, acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said the Jewish state cannot allow Tehran to acquire nuclear weapons under any circumstances.

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