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The Purse and the SwordThe Trials of Israel's Legal Revolution$
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Daniel Friedmann

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190278502

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190278502.001.0001

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The Olmert Investigations

The Olmert Investigations

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The Purse and the Sword

Daniel Friedmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter details the string of criminal investigations into Ehud Olmert’s affairs during his term as the sitting prime minister. He had been the target of multiple investigations which were mostly unconnected to each other, some of which were outright frivolous. The results of the Second Lebanon War made Olmert highly unpopular and vulnerable and the volley of investigations has further weakened his position. Olmert, chafing under the wave of investigations against him and the public atmosphere it created, became highly critical of the state comptroller, Micha Lindenstrauss. This proved to be a tactical error, as Olmert’s position was further undermined following the Winograd Commission’s report. The drama of Olmret’s investigations reached its climax when Morris (Moshe) Talansky, an American businessman gave an early testimony in court in one of Olmert’s pending investigations. These, along with further tensions brewing within the Kadima Party, eventually led to Olmert’s resignation and to elections that were held in February 2009.

Keywords:   Ehud Olmert, Kadima, criminal investigations, Morris (Moshe) Talansky, Olmert government, Olmert’s resignation, Ehud Barak, Tzipi Livni, political scandals, state comptroller

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