Ehud Olmert

Israeli Director’s Star-Studded English-Language Debut Premieres in Toronto

The latest offering from multiple-award winning director and screenwriter Joseph Cedar receives standing ovation at the Toronto Film Festival

09/16/2016 - 10:05
Editorial Intern

The highly-successful Israeli director Joseph Cedar received a standing ovation at the premiere of his first English-language film, entitled “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer,” at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, according to the organizers. The film, Cedar’s first since 2011’s Oscar-shortlisted “Footnote”, tells the story of a fictitious New York “fixer” who forms a bond with a low-ranked Israeli minister, who soon after becomes Prime Minister.

Director Joseph Cedar, whose new film is expected to reach cinemas in early 2017. Anne-Christine Poujoulat/Getty.

Political Journeys Up The River

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell had his sights set on the White House but instead he's headed for the Big House.  The former government was sentenced to two years in federal prison this week following his conviction on corruption, fraud and bribery charges.  His attempts to blame his wife didn't wash, nor did his plea that his talents would be wasted in prison.

Meanwhile, in Israel police have recommended filing charges of fraud, bribery, breach of trust and money laundering against former defense minister and Labor Knesset member Binyamin Ben-Eliezer.

Does Israel Have A Culture Of Corruption?

Israel is beginning to look like old time Chicago politics.  The previous governor of Illinois, a former Chicago congressman, is in jail, home to four of the last seven governors of Illinois, and another popular former Chicago congressman is in jail now, with his wife, a former city alderman, going in when he gets out.  They’re only the latest in a long list of former Chicago area politicians to go to prison for corruption.

Ehud Olmert Sentenced To 6 Years In Prison For Bribery Conviction

05/13/2014 - 20:00

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in prison for accepting bribes in the real estate scam known as the “Holyland affair.”

Ehud Olmert Sentenced To Six Years In Prison For Bribery Conviction

05/12/2014 - 20:00

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in prison for his conviction for accepting bribes in the Holyland corruption case.

Olmert Found Guilty Of Accepting Bribes In Holyland Scandal

03/30/2014 - 20:00

JERUSALEM — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was found guilty of accepting bribes in the Holyland corruption case.

Women To Build Their Own Wall

02/20/2013 - 19:00


Fed up with conflict over how women can worship at the Western Wall, a group of Jewish feminists has begun reconstruction of the Eastern Wall, where they expect to be able to do as they please, thank you very much.

Tim Boxer At America-Israel Friendship League

11/28/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Israel’s very existence was on every speaker’s mind at the America-Israel Friendship League’s awards dinner in mid-November at the Plaza Hotel.

Former Mayor Ed Koch and philanthropist Ingeborg Rennert at AIFL awards dinner at The Plaza. (Photo by Tim Boxer)

Israel's Prosecutor To Appeal Olmert Acquittals

Likud lawmaker has petitioned to prevent Olmert from running for office, citing sole conviction.
10/16/2012 - 20:00

Israel's state prosecutor will appeal the acquittals of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in two of three cases decided earlier this year.

The prosecutor informed Olmert's attorney on Tuesday that it will appeal the July acquittals on charges of fraud, breach of trust, tax evasion and falsifying corporate records in what became known as the Talansky and Rishon Tours affairs, according to the Justice Ministry.

Israel will appeal the acquittals of Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Getty Images

Olmert Gets Probation, Fine For Breach Of Trust

09/23/2012 - 20:00


Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to one to three years of probation and fined about $19,000 for a breach of trust conviction.

Olmert was sentenced Monday in Jerusalem District Court. He could have faced up to three years in jail. The state had recommended a six-month jail sentence.

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