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Ehud Olmert
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Olmert’s Corruption Trial Opens in Israel

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is being tried on charges of corruption that allegedly occurred while he was Jerusalem’s mayor and later a Cabinet member. Olmert maintains his innocence, claiming a three-year smear campaign forced him to resign as prime minister a year ago.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009 READ MORE


What Cease-Fire?

Both Israel and Hamas vowed to stop fighting two weeks ago, but since then attacks have continued. Before his country launched airstrikes on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had warned Hamas of a “disproportionate Israeli response” to Hamas rocket and mortar attacks. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, meanwhile, is headed to Cairo, though his influence is surely weakened by the recent fighting.

Posted on Feb 2, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Sebastian Scheiner

With Gaza, Journalists Fail Again

The assault on Gaza exposed not only Israel’s callous disregard for international law but the gutlessness of the American press. Nearly all reporters were, as during the buildup to the Iraq war, pliant stenographers and echo chambers.

Posted on Jan 26, 2009 READ MORE


Ehud Olmert
Wikimedia Commons / Agência Brasil

Israeli PM Promises to Shield Troops From War Crime Trials

The BBC reports: “Any Israeli soldiers accused of war crimes in the Gaza Strip will be given state protection from prosecution overseas, the country’s PM has said.” At issue is Israel’s use of white phosphorous, a chemical agent that is not permitted in densely populated areas because it sticks to and severely burns human tissue.

Posted on Jan 25, 2009 READ MORE


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AP photo / Lefteris Pitarakis

Sizing Up the Damage in Gaza

Now that the war in Gaza has ground to a halt, local and international groups are assessing the needs of tens of thousands of embattled and displaced Palestinians, some of whom have gone for many days without water or power, and are preparing to send aid as soon as possible.

Posted on Jan 19, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Eyad Baba

To Each His Own Cease-Fire

Shortly after Israel declared a unilateral cease-fire in Gaza, Hamas followed suit with its own separate announcement. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Israel would withdraw troops “as soon as possible,” and Hamas said it would give Israel a week to do just that.

Posted on Jan 18, 2009 READ MORE


Who’s in Charge—Obama, the Pentagon or Israel?

The military is far too accustomed to getting its way, so it was refreshing to see Barack Obama reject the Pentagon’s sluggish withdrawal plan. But will he stand up to Israel, whose Prime Minister Olmert recently bragged about pulling the American president’s puppet strings?

Posted on Jan 15, 2009 READ MORE


Obama in the Middle East

Mosaic: Palestine, Israel Waiting for Obama

Once again, the cease-fire is off between the Israelis and Palestinians, and even though the United Nations has again weighed in with Security Council Resolution 1850, which supports a two-state solution, the new measure is not likely to change things in the near future. Over to you, Mr. President-elect.

Posted on Dec 20, 2008 READ MORE



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Israel PM: ‘The Time Has Come to Say These Things’

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert isn’t exactly popular these days. Forced to resign in disgrace, it may have been with the weight of politics leaving his shoulders that he let loose during an interview with an Israeli newspaper. Among other revelations, Olmert said his country was stuck in a 1948 mind-set and must now give up virtually all contested territory—including Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Posted on Sep 29, 2008 READ MORE



White House / Eric Draper

Newspaper: Bush Told Israel Not to Bomb Iran

The Guardian is reporting that outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sought and was denied President Bush’s blessing for an airstrike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Bush was reportedly concerned that Iran would retaliate against U.S. targets in the region and that the benefits of such an attack would be insufficient.

Posted on Sep 26, 2008 READ MORE


Avigdor Lieberman
nytimes.com

Israeli Right Sees Opening in Political Chaos

As if the situation in the Middle East couldn’t get any worse, this week’s news that scandal-plagued Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will resign has been seized upon by right-wing Israeli politicians, who believe the parliamentary chaos caused by Olmert’s departure will open the door for a return to hard-line, ultranationalist government.

Posted on Aug 1, 2008 READ MORE



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Israel Agrees to Hezbollah Deal

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s Cabinet has agreed to a German-brokered prisoner exchange with Hezbollah. It is believed that under the terms of the deal, Israel would receive the bodies of two captured soldiers in return for the release of five Lebanese prisoners and the bodies of 10 more.

Posted on Jun 29, 2008 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad
AP Photo/Vahid Salemi

The Middle East Never Tires of Threats

What is it about threats? What possesses half the Middle East to shout abuse all the time? First we have Ahmadinejad, one of the most crackpot presidents in the world, raving away about annihilating Israel. Then we have Shaul Mofaz, the deputy Israeli prime minister, telling the world that there would have to be attacks on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Posted on Jun 16, 2008 READ MORE


The West’s Weapon of Self-Delusion

So they are at it again, the great and the good of American democracy, groveling and fawning to the Israeli lobbyists of American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), repeatedly allying themselves to the cause of another country and one that is continuing to steal Arab land. Will this ever end?

Posted on Jun 7, 2008 READ MORE


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Israel and Syria Talk Peace

The politically weakened government of Ehud Olmert is engaged in peace talks with neighboring Syria, the two countries have acknowledged. Turkey is moderating the indirect negotiations, the first since 2000. The last round of talks failed over the demand for Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights.

Posted on May 21, 2008 READ MORE


MIR report

Syria: Nukes or Peace?

This past week, Syria made headlines not once but twice. One story implicates the country in enriching uranium and says that the CIA confirmed to Congress that the target of a mysterious Israeli air raid in northern Syria on Sept. 6, 2007, was a reactor built with North Korean help.

Posted on Apr 27, 2008 READ MORE


Gaza Was Here

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Posted on Mar 12, 2008 READ MORE    


Eliyahu Winograd
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Israel Inquiry Slams Political and Military Leaders

A government probe of Israel’s 2006 war in Lebanon has not only found that the war was a blunder but revealed “serious failings” in the political and military leadership of the country. The panel criticized the unnecessary loss of life and found that Israel’s ability to deter its enemies had been seriously damaged. Above, inquiry leader Eliyahu Winograd.

Posted on Jan 30, 2008 READ MORE


Hamas mourners
AP photo / Khalil Hamra

The Lessons of Violence

The former New York Times Middle East bureau chief warns that the actions that led to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza will not bring peace to Israel but will instead create a new generation of Palestinian militants.

Posted on Jan 21, 2008 READ MORE


Bush and Co.
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Bush Lands in Israel

President Bush has arrived in Israel, where he plans to do some legacy shopping and see if he can’t just solve this Mideast conflict everyone is always talking about. Everyday Israelis and Palestinians, however, remain skeptical that their leaders will find a solution before the end of 2008, as promised.

Posted on Jan 9, 2008 READ MORE


Olmert, Bush and Abbas

Meeting Low Expectations for Peace

Now that the Annapolis peace summit is over, the Mosaic Intelligence Report investigates the fallout from lowering the diplomatic bar, putting the slapstick back in world affairs and the conspicuous absence of Iraq, Iran and Hamas.

Posted on Dec 2, 2007 READ MORE


Bush’s Costume Party

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Posted on Nov 30, 2007 READ MORE


Déjà Vu in Annapolis

Haven’t we been here before? Isn’t Annapolis just a repeat of the White House lawn and the Oslo agreement, a series of pious claims and promises in which two weak men, Messrs. Abbas and Olmert, even use the same words of Oslo.

Posted on Nov 29, 2007 READ MORE


Olmert Bush Abbas
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Olmert Warns of Israel’s End If Two-State Solution Isn’t Found

If Israeli and Palestinian officials can’t find a way to establish a Palestinian state, the state of Israel won’t survive, according to Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.  These words of warning came on the heels of Olmert’s meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and President Bush in Annapolis, Md., during which the three leaders laid out plans and set goals for formal peace talks.

Posted on Nov 29, 2007 READ MORE


Dajani

Annapolis Peace Summit — Dead Before Arrival

The Mosaic Intelligence Report’s Jamal Dajani heads to Jerusalem to find out why the Bush administration’s highly vaunted Annapolis peace summit has generated little more than skepticism in the Middle East.

Posted on Nov 18, 2007 READ MORE


Condi Visits the Middle East

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Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE


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Holocaust Survivors Protest in Jerusalem

Holocaust survivors took to the streets of Jerusalem on Sunday to protest the Israeli government’s offer of a $20 monthly stipend. A survivor group director explained the situation this way: “They have cancer 14 times more than the regular population. They break their bones due to the malnutrition they had years ago. And now when they need the help, there is nobody to turn to.”

Posted on Aug 5, 2007 READ MORE


Abbas and Olmert
cbc.ca

Israelis Want Peace, but Aren’t Holding Their Breath

A new poll shows that 70 percent of Israelis favor peace with the Palestinians along the lines of a two-state solution, but only 39 percent think peace will be achieved in the near future. Meanwhile, a majority of Israelis favor strengthening ties with Mahmoud Abbas’ (above left) Fatah regime in the West Bank.

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE


Bush’s Career Plans for Tony Blair

The U.S. and Israel are pressuring Tony Blair to become the “quartet’s” (that would be the U.S., the EU, the U.N. and Russia) Mideast envoy, because he’s already done such a bang-up job soothing tensions in the Arab world.  But Blair might not be interested since President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert would want to limit his scope to setting up a functioning Palestinian state.

Posted on Jun 20, 2007 READ MORE


Crisis in Gaza

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Posted on Jun 18, 2007 READ MORE    


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Thousands Demand New Government in Israel

Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv on Thursday, calling for a new government. The protest was organized around the handling of the Lebanon war. A recent investigation blamed Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for a “serious failure in exercising judgment, responsibility and prudence.”

Posted on May 3, 2007 READ MORE


J.J. Goldberg / Is It Good for the Jews?

J.J. Goldberg, editor-in-chief of the venerable progressive Jewish daily the Forward, joins the podcast this week to talk about the complexity of Zionism, the misguided intentions of neoconservatism and why AIPAC isn’t quite as sinister as you might think.

Posted on Mar 19, 2007 READ MORE


Israel Says No Dice to Palestinian Government

Israeli officials say they will not work with a newly formed Palestinian coalition, calling the power-sharing regime “a leap backward.” Despite a tentative pledge from Hamas to “respect” past agreements, Israel feels the new government does not meet the requirements set out by the so-called quartet of Western nations.

Posted on Mar 16, 2007 READ MORE


Olmert
haaretz.com

Israel Preplanned Lebanon War

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, while speaking with a commission investigating the Lebanon war, said he made the decision to invade four months before soldiers were abducted. Olmert testified that he agreed with a contingency plan to respond dramatically should Hezbollah take predictably aggressive action.

Posted on Mar 8, 2007 READ MORE


Olmert Rice and Abbas
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Mideast Peace Meeting a Dud

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Condoleezza Rice concluded a highly vaunted two-hour meeting with no firm commitment other than an agreement to maintain communication. The elephant in the room was Abbas’ recently announced deal to share power with Hamas, an arrangement that prompted the U.S. and Israel to threaten a boycott.

Posted on Feb 19, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. and Israel Set Conditions for Palestinian Government

The U.S. and Israel have agreed not to recognize or support a new Palestinian unity government unless it first recognizes Israel. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will have to do some political tightrope-walking in the days ahead as he attempts to make peace with Hamas at home and improve relations with Israel and its allies abroad.

Posted on Feb 18, 2007 READ MORE


Israeli Defense Chief Resigns Amid Lebanon War Investigations

Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, chief of staff of the Israeli Defense Forces, has resigned amid ongoing investigations into Israel’s botched invasion of Lebanon. Imagine, someone in government actually taking responsibility for a failed military adventure. What a concept!

Posted on Jan 16, 2007 READ MORE


Olmert and Abbas
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Abbas and Olmert Agree to Informal Talk With U.S.

The United States will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for a casual three-way chat aimed at reviving Bush’s failed “road map” to peace. A successful outcome seems unlikely, with Abbas and Olmert both suffering from political weakness and with the conspicuous absence of Hamas.

Posted on Jan 15, 2007 READ MORE


Israeli PM on Iraq Report

Responding to the Iraq Study Group report on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said talks with Syria were not possible, and that President Bush wasn’t interested in speaking to Damascus either: “I can only say that the opinions I heard from the president and from all senior administration staff on the Syrian issue are such that he did not see a feasibility in talks….”

Posted on Dec 7, 2006 READ MORE


Ehud Olmert
guardian.co.uk

Israeli PM Offers Palestinians Sovereign State

Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has offered to recognize an “independent and viable Palestinian state ... with full sovereignty and defined borders” in exchange for a new Palestinian government, the recognition of Israel, a renewed commitment to the “road map” and the release of a captured Israeli soldier. What, no free landings?

Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


Ehud Olmert
sv.wikipedia.org

Israelis Worried Over Political Prospects

As the old guard fades with time and a new generation of leaders emerges, some Israelis—their confidence shaken in the aftermath of the Lebanon war—are beginning to wonder about the future of their government.

Posted on Sep 30, 2006 READ MORE


Blair Chats Up Olmert and Abbas

Tony Blair has been busy, meeting with both Mahmoud Abbas and Ehud Olmert in recent days?all while fending off controversy at home over when he?ll step down.  For their part, the Palestinian president and Israeli prime minister have agreed to meet with each other.

Posted on Sep 10, 2006 READ MORE


Most Israelis Want Olmert Out, Says Poll

In the wake of the Israeli prime minister’s handling of the Lebanese/Hezbollah war, 63% of Olmert’s countrymen say he should resign, according to a new poll in a leading Israeli daily. More info on Olmert’s dwindling popularity here.

Posted on Aug 25, 2006 READ MORE


Israeli Reservists Demand Olmert?s Resignation

The reserve soldiers are calling for their prime minister to step down because, they said, there was “no leadership” and they were inadequately trained for their mission in Lebanon.
What effect will this call have on Olmert’s standing? Well, it seems to depend on whether or not he’s “The Decider,” and whether he’s the one who decides what’s best.

Posted on Aug 21, 2006 READ MORE


Israel Unveils Plan to Encircle Palestinian State

Unsettling prospects: “If the Jewish state were to annex all of the Jordan Valley, which is dotted with small settlements, it would leave a future Palestinian state on the West Bank entirely surrounded by Israel and without a direct link to neighbouring countries.” | story

Posted on Feb 8, 2006 READ MORE


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