Former Israeli Prime Minister Olmert indicted for corruption
So, you left the envelope under the pillow?
The former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been indicted in three corruption cases, the attorney general’s office says.
The series of probes was a key factor in Mr Olmert’s resignation last year. The charges relate to the periods when Mr Olmert was mayor of Jerusalem and a cabinet minister, but before he became prime minister in 2006…
The office of Attorney General Menahem Mazuz confirmed in a statement he had decided to press charges and that the charge sheet had been presented on Sunday in Jerusalem district court…
Israelis are split over what this episode tells them about their politicians. Many believe that the political class is the lousiest in Israel’s short history.
Mr Olmert is the first former prime minister in Israeli history to face criminal charges, the office said.
I hope we catch up, soon.
One of the charges against Mr Olmert is that he accepted cash envelopes from US businessman Morris Talansky with sums amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Mr Olmert admits taking money, but insists the funds were legal donations to help his campaigns for re-election as mayor of Jerusalem and for the leadership of the Likud, his former party.
In the second case, Mr Olmert is accused of duplicating funding for his trips abroad. Police have said they suspect the “considerable sums” that remained after the travel expenses were paid for were transferred by Mr Olmert to a special account his travel agency administered for him.
The third case involves alleged conflict of interest. Officials have alleged Mr Olmert arranged investment opportunities for a friend, Uri Messner, while he was industry minister.
The sort of ally the United States has loved over our years of interfering with the Middle East.