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Former Prime Minister Olmert sentenced to six years in prison for bribery

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced Tuesday morning to six years in prison on bribery charges in the biggest corruption scandal in Israel’s history.

Olmert was convicted of accepting bribes in exchange for expediting the permit process for the Holyland real estate development while he was mayor of the city, years before his premiership. The sentencing comes 10 years after the state began its investigation.

Olmert, who was acquitted of similar charges in a different case, had held out hope for a return to politics if he were acquitted in this case, too. Olmert is planning on appealing the court’s decision.

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert enters the courtroom at the Tel Aviv District Court prior to the reading of his sentence in the Holyland trial, May 13 2014 (Photo: Activestills.org)

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert enters the courtroom at the Tel Aviv District Court prior to the reading of his sentence in the Holyland trial, May 13 2014 (Photo: Activestills.org)

Olmert served two terms as mayor of Jerusalem between 1993 and 2003, and was the prime minister of Israel from 2006 until 2009. During his term as prime minister, Olmert launched the Second Lebanon War in 2006, took part in the 2007 Annapolis Peace Conference headed by former U.S. President George W. Bush and sent the Israeli army to invade Gaza in Operation Cast Lead.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, President George W. Bush, and President Mahmoud Abbas at Annapolis, November 27, 2007 (Photo: Gin Kai)

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, President George W. Bush, and President Mahmoud Abbas at Annapolis, November 27, 2007 (Photo: Gin Kai)

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    1. shachalnur

      ….and a 1 million shekel fine.

      LOL.

      Olmert is and was a Fremdkörper in Israel.

      He did his job well,making a mess of Israel’s deterrence in Lebanon,and committing useless bloody murder in Gaza,all within 3 years.

      “You see what happens when you give power to a “dove””,was the message.

      I’ll be happy when this clwon finally shuts up,he did enough damage to Judaism(not Israel) ,following AIPAC orders.

      Next will be Livni,then Barak and Peres,all stooges and traitors to Judaism taking orders from the Judaism’s alleged “friends” in the US.(AIPAC and ADL)

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      • shachalnur

        Ynet,another fremdkörper in Israel,in damge control overdrive:

        Op-ed.”He is not Satan…..His jailsentence is not a cause for celebration”.

        Peres;”Sad day”

        Lapid:”Sad day for Democracy(sic)”

        Livni; “..difficult day…”

        All say to have trust in Israeli justice system.

        Many more sad and difficult days to come for these foreigner supported criminals.

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    2. Average American

      Ehud Olmert, whose ancestors are foreigners from Ukraine. Who along with his father joined Jabotinsky’s Betar, which was closely aligned with Irgun, whose core goal was (and is) to spread Israel into all of Jordan and more. Expansionist Zionist. Jewish Lebensraum. No different than Aryan Lebensraum. That’s what Israel is about. I don’t care to support that.

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      • IlonJ

        And where are your ancestors from, Mr Average American? From Arabia?

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      • Marcos

        Nobody asked you to support Israel so don’t worry. And don’t give me that bullshit about your taxes. Puhleasse. And where did you get your facts from? A comic book?

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        • shachalnur

          Is “The Iron Wall” a comic book?

          You should try “Four and a half years of Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice”.

          Written at the same time,same continent,same bad jokes.

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    3. Tzutzik

      “fremdkörper”

      Keep your “terms of endearment” to yourself idiot. This is an English publication about the Middle East. Nothing to do with your foreign lingo, whatever that lingo is.

      As for Olmert, I am sad for him and for Israel. I don’t agree with everything that Olmert advocates or what, how, or why he did it but …

      The guy is being vilified by both leftists for standing up for Israel and some rightists for offering too much for the sake of a peace which we cannot achieve with the Palestinian Arabs today. If nothing else, Olmert’s achievement is EXACTLY THAT. He showed all sane people that the Palestinian Arabs today at least, are not ready for peace. They are not serious about making peace with us. All they want is for us to give up as much as possible, weaken ourselves, and they would then resume their 100 year war against us from a stronger position …

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      • shachalnur

        1897 Zionism is a Fremdkörper in the Middle East and inside Judaism.

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        • Tzutzik

          Idiocy obviously runs in your family.

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          • shachalnur

            Yup,got it from my grandmother ,Holocaust-survivor and WW2 Resistance member.

            We’re all psycho’s in my family..

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          • JG

            You should know about. Generations of fascist nutbags, I guess

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          • shachalnur

            I’m not sure they are Fascists.

            More a bunch of sychophants,sociopaths and psychopaths given the opportunity by rich British Bankers to play G_d.

            As long as they serve the Bankers interests ,of course,because when they’ve served their purpose they’ll be dumped,cut up and sold in pieces.

            A bit like what happened,and is happening, to the US when the Bankers created the Federal Reserve.

            And guess where 80 % of Jews are concentrated,and who they’re gonna blame for the fall-out?

            The Bankers are setting up Jews for Holocaust 2.0,and after that the remaining 1897 Zionist Banker Slaves will be whining “Wir haben es nicht gewusst”.

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          • Tzutzik

            “The Bankers are setting up Jews for Holocaust 2.0,and after that the remaining 1897 Zionist Banker Slaves will be whining”

            Actually you have the wrong movie (fantasy), Shachalnur. You are thinking of the “invasion of the body snatchers”. Not “the invasion of the boring old bankers and their slaves”

            Poor old bankers. Leave them alone, will ya? Just because you took on too big a mortgage, you can’t blame them for that. Blame yourself, Shaky baby.

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          • Tzutzik

            “rich British Bankers to play G_d.”

            Oh and Shachalnur, didn’t you used to call them “rich Jewish bankers”, before I reminded you that it sounds a bit unseemly to point out people’s religions out of context? I mean, one never talks of Catholic, Presbytarian or Muslim bankers, does one? I am glad you listened to me at least on that score and stopped talking about Jewish bankers like your friend Hitler. I mean, you wouldn’t want to be associated with Hitler, would ya, Shachalnur?

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    4. Tzutzik

      “We’re all psycho’s in my family..”

      Please accept my sympathies. No, really, Shachalnur. Never a truer have you said. At least since you started posting here.

      Now, please do everyone a favor: go and seek medical help. For your own good and for the sanity of the rest of us who post here. You drive even the pro Palis NUTS!!!

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    5. Ken Kelso

      Shachalnur believes Israel should do nothing while Hamas fires thousands of missiles at Israeli civilians from Gaza.

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      • shachalnur

        Lo,Ken.

        But I do remember one Israeli missile hitting a building,killing 6 small children,one young woman and four man(2 of them on the kill-list,allegedly).

        Collatoral damage,I suppose.

        Please help me remember when it was the last time one of these “thousands of missiles” from Gaza killed an Israeli civilian.

        If you’re worried about missiles from Gaza,maybe you should try making a just peace instead of counting calories at the crossings into the biggest concentration camp in history.

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        • Vadim

          “Please help me remember when it was the last time one of these “thousands of missiles” from Gaza killed an Israeli civilian”

          Impotence does not mean a lack of intent. We are lucky to have the enemies that we have, others wouldn’t behave to stupidly. They are lucky to have us as enemies, others would not be so kind (Assad anyone?)

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          • shachalnur

            At least you understand that both sides should consider themselves lucky to have eachother as enemies.

            For different reasons though.

            2006 Hezbollah demonstrated what they were able to do(that’s 8 years ago).

            Two missiles hit Haifa on consecutive days in the exact same open space.

            Not on the Ammoniac silo off the coast of Haifa.(estimated death toll:tens of thousands)

            They took out a Israeli Navy vessel with one torpedo off the coast of Lebanon.

            The moment Hezbollah landed a missile next to Nethanya,Israel offered a cease-fire.

            Ever wonder why almost all Hamas missiles(not Islamic Jihad)land in the desert.

            Arabs are a patient people(remember the Crusades?)and it’s Israeli’s that are lucky that Muslims see Jews as their cousins.

            Israeli’s better start getting along with their neighbours,because time is not on your side.

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          • Tzutzik

            “Ever wonder why almost all Hamas missiles(not Islamic Jihad)land in the desert.

            Arabs are a patient people(remember the Crusades?)and it’s Israeli’s that are lucky that Muslims see Jews as their cousins.”

            Yea, right …

            Arabs see us as their cousins. That’s why they take it easy on us. But they murder their own with abandon. How many dead in Syria so far? Over 100,000? How many died in the Lebanese civil war? Over 100,000?

            Now, here is reality check for you Shachalnur: if the Arabs could, they would murder most of us and would make the rest of us their slaves. But that would suit you wouldn’t it Shachalnur? Because you hate us and if you are Jewish, you are one of those ghetto Jews who likes to be a slave.

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          • Tzutzik

            “Not on the Ammoniac silo off the coast of Haifa.(estimated death toll:tens of thousands)”

            Let us say that you are right. They just issued a warning to Israel that they are capable of killing tens of thousands of Israelis. Tell me, Shachalnur, what would have happened to Lebanon if they would have actually murdered tens of thousands of Israelis? Would Lebanon exist today as we know it? Don’t you think your Hezbollah friends knew what would happen to them and their families if they tried that stunt?

            Now contrast that to how we Jews were treated before we could fight back. Our enemies murdered millions of us. Yes, our Arab cousins too murdered us by the hundreds of thousands if not the millions of us that more efficient Europeans were capable of.

            That is why we need Israel. That is why we need 1897 Zionism because when we fight back we deter them from murdering more of us.

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    6. Ilonj

      “Please help me remember when it was the last time one of these “thousands of missiles” from Gaza killed an Israeli civilian.”

      How many Israeli civilians do you wish to see killed before you would be prepared to accept Israel’s response to thes cowardly attacks on Israel by Hamas?

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      • shachalnur

        How many hundreds of millions (of Arabs) are you gonna kill,before your 1897 Zionist program will have exterminated all of Am Israel?

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        • IlonJ

          Hundreds of millions? You are joking of course. Here is a list of pertinent statistics about casualties as a result of violence that Palestinians initiated:

          http://www.scaruffi.com/politics/massacre.html

          – 1987 to 1992 Palestinian intifada, 170 Israelis, 1000 Palestinians.

          – 2000 to 2003 Palestinian intifada, 700 Israelis, 2000 Palestinians.

          – 2008
          Israel Hamas war, 1300 Palestinians. (Of course this database does not keep track of Israeli casualties before the Hamas war – how convenient)

          Compare that to Syria in the last 3 years: 130,000 dead conservatively speaking.

          Now, are you going to answer my question? How many Israelis must die, by Hamas rockets, according to you before you would consider that Israel has the right to do something about it?

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          • Tzutzik

            “Please help me remember when it was the last time one of these “thousands of missiles” from Gaza killed an Israeli civilian”

            You miss Ken’s point, deliberately, I suspect. Not only do Hamas rockets kill Israeli children, but they kill Palestinian Arab children, directly and indirectly. Here is one instance of it:

            http://www.haaretz.com/mobile/un-palestinian-rocket-not-israeli-strike-killed-baby-during-gaza-war-1.508714?v=DD325A8031AE89E52314FCB48AC35B4A

            “UN: Palestinian rocket, not Israeli strike, killed baby during Gaza war
            Previous reports indicated that the baby of a BBC reporter in Gaza was killed in an Israeli airstrike; UN office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights says in new report that incident likely caused by errant Palestinian rocket.”

            Here is another in which the intended target, Israeli children, were hit.

            http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/8435460/Israel-shells-Gaza-after-anti-tank-missile-hits-school-bus.html

            “Israeli soldiers run past a bus after an anti-tank missile hit it in the southern Israeli kibbutz of Sa’ad

            And people like you Shachalnur have an erection everytime a child is killed. Because everytime it happens you have a chance to scream at the top of your voice and blame “evil Israel”.

            But you miss the point entirely. The point is that people who insist on fighting a hot war are to blame for every single child’s death on both sides. And those people are Hamas who fire thousands of rockets at Israel.

            Blaming Israel for fighting back is like blaming gravity for the murder of a person who is thrown out from the balcony of a sky-scraper instead of the person (the murderer) who commits the crime.

            Yes, war is nasty. And yes there is collateral damage in every war. And errant missiles which kill innocents …

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          • shachalnur

            Why does Hamas throw rockets at Israel?

            Why does Hezbollah arm itself to the teeth.

            Why do Palestinians throw stones at your army?

            Why are they so angry at you?

            Because they are self-hating Semites,unwilling to give up their land?

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          • Ilonj

            Because they say that all of Palestine is theirs and none of it is ours. They want us out of all of historic Palestine. Ask them, they openly admit to it.

            But of course it is all a big lie. We the Jewish people have the right to live here at least as much as they have. We agree to the two state solution, Hamas does not. Just ask them.

            The name Palestine is a misnomer. The Romans gave it that name. It used to be known as Judea before the European Roman colonisers took over. After which the Arab colonisers took it over. After which the Ottoman colonisers took it over. After which the British colonisers took it over. And now we are back. We are willing to live alongside them. But they want us out. Thats why they have been attacking us for a century.

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          • shachalnur

            It might very well be that by now 1897 Zionism wants “to live alongside them”.

            Sadly enough that’s not what 1897 Zionism has been demonstrating untill now.

            The Nakba and 70 years of humiliation have created a situation that can only be solved through a large amount of courage from both sides.

            I’m not sure 1897 Zionism has the courage to find a solution,except a continuation towards a disaster for Israel and Judaism worldwide.

            A solution would include a big switch in allies,like moving towards Russia, China and Iran(that’s already happening),and a de-programming of the Israeli population from being a paranoia hatefull sect towards a brave self confident Judaism,willing to live in,with and be part of the Middle East.

            Peacefull and respectfull,and a defender of their neighbours against the European Bankers that steal their resources.

            An asset to the region.

            But the most important thing 1897 Zionism has to do is disconnect themselves from their historical sponsors,the ones that own all the land in Israel,the Bank of Israel,the Finance Minisrty,the Knesset and the Israeli Supreme Court.

            As long as these people control your destiny ,there’s only the abyss to look forward to.

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          • IlonJ

            “Peacefull and respectfull,and a defender of their neighbours”

            That sounds very motherhoodish and apple pieish. But what does that really mean? What do you mean by that? Spell it out in detail. What do you really want Israel to do? I mean how can we be peaceful and respectful if Hamas wants to take over our country? Kill many of us, send many of us “back to Europe” and allow the rest to live as their servants?

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          • shachalnur

            The same powers that sponsored and enabled Israel ,are the powers that created the borders of most Arab countries around Israel.

            They are just as dependent and enslaved as Israel is.

            The Grand Geo-political chessgame is changing rapidly with BRICS countries(Brazil,Russia,India,China and Souh Africa + 76 more countries) in open confrontation with the London Bankers that own the World Bank,IMF,NATO,EU,European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve in the US.

            Russia and China are openly dumping the Dollar,and India has just been Modi-fied(with Israeli help).

            Israel has nuclear weapons,and these weapons are very usefull as a deterrent against supposed enemies in the ME and the world.

            As soon as Israel offers their neighbours protection under Israel’s nuclear umbrella it will give Arab countries the opportunity to kick out the Bankercontrolled forces ransacking their countries.

            Europe and the US will be livid,but there’s no other way to get out of the trap the Bankers have put 1897 Zionism and the Middle East in.

            The scenario I’m descibing is actually playing out behind the scenes,if you look beyond the MSM bull-hockey.

            Russia ,China and India are collaborating with Israel to the tune of 10’s of Billions of Euro’s,Rubels and Renminbi’s.

            There’s relative quiet on Israel’s borders for a year or two,and an open break and confrontation between Israel and Europe/US is coming closer every day.

            A pro-Israel,pro-Saudi government in Egypt is telling the US to bugger off,the Syrian gambit is failing,Iran is dictating the US on terms of contract(oil for Europe).

            The most difficult part will be to de-program the Israeli population,and the elements that still take orders from the Bankers inside Israel will have to be eliminated.

            Israel joined BRICS somewhere in 2012,and the biggest threat to Israel and Judaism right now are their(former) sponsors ,not the Arabs or Iranians.

            Not the Palestinians ,but the enemy within,the ones you lease your land from,the ones that covered you politically and financially abroad,the ones that are setting you up for the fall.

            The chance Israel will pull this off is not big,and creating hate towards Jews,like you guys are doing ,is not helpfull,and will only complicate any future agreement in the ME.

            My guess is that the endresult will be a 1948 border Israel,with right of return for Palestinians and free settlement for Jews in all of Eretz Israel Shlema,as part of Union of States made up out of Israel,Palestine and Jordan without internal borders.

            All these States will be under an Israeli nuclear umbrella,backed by Russia.

            If you don’t like that,you have a problem,because anything less than this the Middle East and BRICS won’t accept.

            Jews and Muslims have no (religious) issues,it’s Banker-controlled 1897 Zionism that’s been undigestible for Muslims and conscious Jews alike.

            Untill Jews don’t free themselves from London Banker-imposed slavery,since 1802,all Jews are in as much danger as the rest of the Western world.

            But for Judaism to free herself from slavery she’ll have to finish off the Pharao.

            The story sounds familiar?

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          • IlonJ

            “My guess is that the endresult will be a 1948 border Israel,with right of return for Palestinians and free settlement for Jews in all of Eretz Israel Shlema,as part of Union of States made up out of Israel,Palestine and Jordan without internal borders.”

            The above would be the end of Israel. Such a solution is not acceptable to 99.99% of us. If you don’t believe me, come to Israel and talk to us.

            “All these States will be under an Israeli nuclear umbrella,”

            What Israel? What you describe above would mean the end of Israel. We would once again be at best a tolerated minority but more likely a hated minority. Israel was created by us precisely to avoid dependance on others.

            “backed by Russia.”

            That’s a great comfort (sarcasm). We Jews haven’t got a good history with Russia. The pioneers who helped create Israel were Jews fleeing Russian persecution. In later years, Israel was mercilessly vilified by the Soviets. No thank you.

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          • shachalnur

            Israel with 1948 borders is the maximum you’ll get.

            If Jews want to live outside those borders,they have to trust the local wildlife to let them live their lives in peace and respect,just like Palestinians living inside Israel will have to trust you.

            All Jewish Israeli’s will have Israeli nationality,where ever they live,Palestinians a Palestinian one,where ever they live.

            Arabs have always respected Jewish religious worship,Israel will do the same for Muslims.

            There will be no war,Israel has too many weapons,not just military ones.

            Your conflict with Arabs has been created by your sponsors,to keep you under control.

            Divide and rule,remember?

            In a generation or two all will be fine.

            Oh,and please read up on the Bolsjevik Revolution ,and discover some familiar sponsors behind that Banker takeover of Russia.

            That’s over now,Putin kicked the Bankers out,and is making deals with Israel on every possible subject.

            What do you think the Bankers are doing in Nulandistan right now?

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          • IlonJ

            You think you know the future? I have news for you. Noone does.

            But one thing I do know. We Israelis have sworn not to put our fate in anyone elses good will. Ultimately when push comes to shove we rely on ourselves when it comes to ensure our own well being. And if someone wants to hurt us, they better be prepared to get hurt themselves.

            Thats the end of our discussion. Please dont bother to respond.

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          • shachalnur

            Happy to see you got the idea.

            You should rely on yourself,instead of living off London Bankers,and continue being murdering sociopathic Slaves following their orders.

            I’m no slave,so you can’t order me around,neither should you do this to anybody else.

            It’s not a Jewish value.

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          • Tzutzik

            “Arabs have always respected Jewish religious worship,Israel will do the same for Muslims.”

            Lies. Pure lies by a slave.

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