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  • Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert hugs a friend before a hearing at Tel Aviv's District Court. Monday, March 31, 2014. The court handed down the verdict in the wide-ranging Jerusalem real estate scandal case related to Olmert’s activities before becoming prime minister in 2006. A total of 13 government officials, developers and other businesspeople were charged in three separate schemes. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, Pool)

    Israeli court convicts ex-PM Ehud Olmert on bribery

    Israel's former prime minister, Ehud Olmert, 68, was convicted Monday on charges of bribery — a guilty finding that seems the death knell on any thoughts he may have had for a political comeback.

  • Exiled leader Khaled Mashaal (center), in his first visit to Gaza, joins Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh (right) to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the militant group. Once the target of an Israeli assassination attempt, Mr. Mashaal now is confident enough to enter Gaza and walk around in public. (Associated Press)

    Israel grows jittery of new Palestinian uprising

    The rising confidence and bellicosity of Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, combined with rapidly deteriorating relations with Israel's would-be peace partner in the West Bank, are raising jitters in Israel that a Palestinian uprising could be near.

  • Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal waves to Palestinian Hamas supporters during a rally to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the militant group, in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

    Israel grows jittery of new Palestinian uprising

    The rising confidence and bellicosity of Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, combined with rapidly deteriorating relations with Israel's would-be peace partner in the West Bank, are raising jitters in Israel that a new Palestinian uprising could be near.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at his office in Jerusalem on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Mr. Netanyahu has ordered new parliamentary elections in early 2013, roughly eight months ahead of schedule. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    Polls show Netanyahu poised for election victory

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likely will win in the upcoming parliamentary elections, with no serious contenders to replace him, according to opinion polls published by two major Israeli dailies on Thursday.

  • Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (Associated Press)

    Aides: Israel's ex-PM Olmert considering comeback

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is considering a political comeback to challenge incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu in the upcoming elections, aides said Wednesday.

  • Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (center) leaves Jerusalem's District Court on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, after being sentenced in a corruption case. (AP Photo/Abir Sultan, Pool)

    Ex-Israeli PM Olmert gets light sentence in corruption scandal

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has received a fine and a suspended jail sentence in a corruption scandal, clearing a major hurdle in a possible return to politics.

  • Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (center) leaves Jerusalem's District Court on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, following a verdict hearing at which he was cleared of the major charges in a corruption trial that forced him from power. (AP Photo/Gali Tibbon, Pool)

    Ex-Israeli Prime Minister Olmert cleared of main charges in corruption case

    An Israeli court cleared former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Tuesday of the central charges in a multicase corruption trial that forced him from power, but it convicted him of a lesser charge of breach of trust.

  • Briefly: Ex-premier cleared in corruption case

    An Israeli court on Tuesday cleared former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of the central charges in a multicase corruption trial that forced him from power, but it convicted him of a lesser charge of breach of trust.

  • ** FILE ** Then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert gives a statement to the media at his Jerusalem office in March 2009. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

    Ex-Israeli premier: 'Still time' to stop Iran's nuke program

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday that "there is still time" to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions without a military strike, arguing that Israel should continue "covert operations" to keep the Islamic republic from acquiring the bomb.

  • Palestinian supporters of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine wave their party's red flags during a Feb. 23, 2012, rally in Gaza City celebrating 43 years since its founding. (Associated Press)

    Israeli proposal puts off Palestinian officials

    Israeli and Palestinian officials Thursday offered competing interpretations of an Israeli proposal for Palestinian statehood, with the prospect of renewed peace talks drifting further away.

  • Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was indicted Thursday on corruption charges for allegedly seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes. (Associated Press)

    Former Israeli leader indicted in bribery case

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was indicted Thursday on new corruption charges for allegedly seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in a wide-ranging real estate scandal that dwarfs the other cases in which he is accused.

  • ** FILE ** Then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert gives a statement to the media at his Jerusalem office in March 2009. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

    Ex-Israeli leader Olmert accused of seeking bribes

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was indicted Thursday on new corruption charges for allegedly seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in a wide-ranging real estate scandal that dwarfs the other cases in which he's accused.

  • Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert gestures as he speaks to foreign journalists in Jerusalem Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. Mr. Olmert says he would agree to the U.S. demand that Israel extend its halt to West Bank settlement construction, despite the current leader's hesitation. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

    Ex-Israeli leader Olmert hits at Netanyahu over settlements

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert took a rare public jab at his successor on Thursday, saying that Israel should agree to the U.S. demand to halt settlement construction in the West Bank in order to restart Mideast peace talks.

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