Fast Facts About Ehud Olmert | CNN


Here’s a look at the life of Ehud Olmert, the former prime minister of Israel.

Date of Birth: September 30, 1945

place of birth: Binyamina, British Mandate Palestine (now Israel)

Birth name: Ehud Olmert

dad: Mordechai Olmert, Knesset Member

the mother: Bella Olmert

marriage: Elisa Olmert, artist and playwright

Children: Two sons: Ariel and Saul, and three daughters: Dana, Michal and Shuli

education: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, BA, 1968 (Psychology and Philosophy), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, LLB, 1973 (law)

Military service: IDF, infantry combat unit officer

religion: Jewish

Olmert grew up in Nahalat Jabotinsky, a village that was later incorporated into Binyamina.

He was elected mayor of Jerusalem in 1993; Olmert defeated Teddy Kollek with 59% of the vote. Kollek has been mayor since 1965.

He was successfully treated for prostate cancer in 2007.

1971 – Completes military service in the IDF as a military correspondent for “Bamachan” magazine.

1973 – She became the youngest person ever elected to the Knesset.

1975-1978 – The law is practiced in a private company.

1988-1990 – Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir appointed Olmert as a minister without portfolio in charge of minority affairs.

1990-1992 – Minister of Health.

1993-2003 – Mayor of Jerusalem.

1998 – He resigns from the Knesset, in line with an amendment to the Basic Laws of Israel that prohibits Knesset members from holding other public positions.

February 2003 – He was re-elected to the Knesset and appointed Deputy Prime Minister. Olmert was also appointed Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor.

August 9, 2003 – January 10, 2005 – Communication Minister.

August 9 – November 7, 2005 – Acting Finance Minister to succeed Benjamin Netanyahu.

November 7, 2005 – Olmert appoints Minister of Finance.

November 2005 – He leaves the Likud party and joins Ariel Sharon to form the new Kadima party.

January 5, 2006 – He was named acting prime minister after Sharon suffered a stroke.

March 28, 2006 – Kadima wins the largest number of parliamentary seats, ensuring that Olmert will be the next prime minister.

May 4, 2006 – He is sworn in as the twelfth Prime Minister of Israel.

May 26, 2006 – Speech at a joint meeting of the US Congress.

May 2008 – Israeli newspapers reported that investigators had opened an investigation into whether Olmert had received money illegally while in office.

July 30, 2008 – Olmert announces that he will resign as prime minister when Kadima elects a new president.

September 18, 2008 – Tzipi Livni is the leader of the Kadima party.

September 21, 2008 – He resigns shortly after police recommended charges be brought in a corruption investigation.

August 30, 2009 – He is accused of charges including fraud and breach of trust in double scandals called the Talansky Affair and the Rishon Tours Affair. The trial begins in September 2009.

January 5, 2012 – While on trial for fraud and breach of trust, Olmert was charged with bribery in a separate case. The fee relates to three real estate projects, including a controversial housing development in Jerusalem called Holyland. The scandal is known as the Holyland Affair.

July 10, 2012 – Olmert’s trial ends after about three years. He was convicted of breach of trust and acquitted of two corruption charges. He was given a one-year suspended prison sentence and a fine of 75,000 shekels (about $19,000).

March 31, 2014 – He was convicted of bribery charges in a trial related to the Holyland case. Olmert is sentenced to six years in prison and a fine of one million shekels ($289,000). his punishment The Supreme Court later reduced it to 18 months.

August 6, 2014 – The Supreme Court has ordered a retrial in the Rishon Tours/Talansky case, as new evidence emerges, enabling prosecutors to challenge Olmert’s 2012 acquittal of corruption charges.

March 30, 2015 – Olmert was convicted of fraud and breach of trust in a retrial in the Rishon Tours/Talansky case. His total prison sentence in the Talansky/Rishon Tours case and Holyland case is 27 months.

February 15, 2016 – Olmert arrives in prison.

July 2, 2017 – Olmert was released after serving 16 months, two-thirds of his original 27-month prison term.

September 3, 2020 – Gentlemen, a documentary about Olmert, is premiering at the DocAviv Documentary Festival in Tel Aviv.

May 6, 2021 – The family of former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is suing Olmert for defamation.

January 10, 2022 – The defamation trial begins between Olmert and the Netanyahu family.

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