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Ehud Olmert Fast Facts

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Birth date: September 30, 1945 Birth place: Binyamina, British Mandate Palestine (now Israel)Birth name: Ehud OlmertFather: Mordechai Olmert, member of the KnessetMother: Bella Olmert Marriage: Aliza Olmert, artist and playwrightChildren: two sons: Ariel and Shaul, and three daughters: Dana, Michal and Shuli Education: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, B.A., 1968 (psychology and philosophy), Hebrew University of Jerusalem, L.L.B., 1973 (law)Military service: Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Combat Infantry Unit OfficerReligion: JewishOther Facts:
Olmert grew up in Nahalat Jabotinsky, a village that was later incorporated into Binyamina.Elected mayor of Jerusalem in 1993; Olmert defeated Teddy Kollek with 59% of the vote. Kollek had been mayor since 1965.He was successfully treated for prostate cancer in 2007.Timeline:
1971 – Completes military service in the IDF as a military correspondent for the journal "Bamachane."1973 – Becomes the youngest person ever elected to the Knesset.1975-1978 – Practices law in a private firm.1988-1990 – Olmert is appointed Minister without Portfolio, responsible for minority affairs, by Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir.1990-1992 – Minister of Health.1993-2003 – Mayor of Jerusalem.1998 – Resigns from the Knesset, in keeping with an amendment to the Basic Laws of Israel that forbids Knesset members from holding other public offices.February 2003 – Is re-elected to the Knesset and named Vice Prime Minister. Olmert is also named Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor.August 9, 2003-January 10, 2005 – Minister of Communication.August 9-November 7, 2005 – Acting Minister of Finance, replacing Benjamin Netanyahu.November 7, 2005 – Olmert is appointed Minister of Finance.November 2005 – Leaves the Likud party and joins Ariel Sharon to form the new Kadima Party.January 5, 2006 – Is named Acting Prime Minister after Sharon suffers a stroke.March 28, 2006 – The Kadima party wins the largest number of parliamentary seats, ensuring that Olmert will be the next Prime Minister.May 4, 2006 – Is sworn in as the 12th Prime Minister of Israel.May 26, 2006 – Addresses a joint meeting of the US Congress.May 2008 – Israeli newspapers report that investigators have launched a probe into whether Olmert received money illegally while in office. July 30, 2008 – Olmert announces he will resign as prime minister when Kadima elects a new chairman.September 18, 2008 – Tzipi Livni becomes the leader of the Kadima Party.September 21, 2008 – Resigns shortly after police recommend charges in corruption probes. August 30, 2009 – Is indicted on charges including fraud and breach of trust in dual 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 is indicted for bribery in a separate case. The charge is related to three real estate projects, including a controversial housing development in Jerusalem called Holyland. The scandal becomes known as the Holyland affair. July 10, 2012 – Read More – Source

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