Olmert Takes On Netanyahu, Restive N.Y. Audience

Former prime minister calls for caution on Iran and more respect for Obama at Jerusalem Post conference here.
04/30/2012 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

There was a time when “Israeli politics stopped at the Mediterranean,” Danny Ayalon, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, told the large crowd Sunday morning at the first annual Jerusalem Post conference in New York.

When traveling out of the country, Israeli officials spoke with “one voice,” he said almost wistfully, recalling those displays of unity. But not anymore.

Ehud Olmert.

Israeli Government Stops Its J Street Boycott

After the pro-peace lobby distances itself from Beinart, Jerusalem sends an ambassador.
03/26/2012 - 20:00

Washington — The first Israeli government official to ever appear before J Street received a rousing, whistling, foot-stomping reception.

And that was it, as far as the welcome went.

Stav Shaffir, center, a founder of Israel’s social protest movement, was an opening speaker at J Street’s annual conference.

Olmert’s Sympathy Bounce

10/30/2007 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s popularity edged up in the polls this week following a hastily called press conference at which he disclosed that he had prostate cancer but intended to attend the Israeli-Palestinian summit meeting later this year in Annapolis, Md., before having surgery to cut out the cancer.

Olmert’s Reversal Of Fortune

10/10/2007 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Despite lengthy police questioning this week of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert into his role in a bank privatization deal, analysts have all but dismissed the probe and said Olmert’s political fortunes have never been better.

Waiting For The Other Shoe To Fall

01/24/2008 - 19:00
Editor & Publisher
Herzliya, Israel — When I asked my taxi driver, on the way to the opening session of the annual Herzliya Conference on Sunday, who he would vote for for prime minister today, he answered without hesitation: "Begin." It’s true that even Menachem Begin’s political enemies considered the country’s first Likud prime minister to be a man of deep integrity who always said what he believed — a characteristic not readily found among politicians these days. But Begin died in 1992.  

Olmert Invite: Serious, Or Calling Saudis’ Bluff?

04/05/2007 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s dramatic invitation Sunday to “all Arab leaders, including the Saudi king” to come to Israel to negotiate an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict followed what some analysts viewed as positive signs coming from last week’s Arab summit. But others dismissed Olmert’s invitation as less than substantive and argued that the Arabs did nothing more than restate an earlier ultimatum to Israel.

Olmert, Back From The Brink

06/21/2007 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Just a few months ago, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was fighting for his political life. Now, with the collapse of the Palestinian unity government and Hamas’ bloody takeover in Gaza, Olmert was warmly greeted this week at the White House and by Jewish leaders here.

Will Loose Lips Sink Olmert?

12/14/2006 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert this week won German support for sanctions against Iran aimed at ending its nuclear program and flew to Italy to receive similar support there. But at home the buzz was all about his apparent acknowledgement of Israel’s own nuclear arsenal.

Olmert Facing Toughest Test of Long Career

01/12/2006 - 19:00
Staff Writer
When Yitzchak Shamir was facing Yitzchak Rabin in the 1992 election, Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert counseled Shamir to announce that if elected he would withdraw from the Gaza Strip. "He felt that Shamir needed to do that to save the election," recalled Stephen P. Cohen, a national scholar of the Israel Policy Forum. "Shamir said no and Rabin won the election."

Opposing Olmert, From Brooklyn

12/07/2006 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Just a few years ago, Ehud Olmert was a guest at the home of Dov Hikind, the Democratic Assemblyman from Brooklyn. Olmert even spoke at one of Hikind's re-election fundraising events.
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