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American financier testifies to giving PM Olmert $150,000 from 1991 to 2005<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 31, 2008
Long Island financier Morris Talansky, the chief prosecution witness in the inquiry against prime minister Ehud Olmert described a long history of sums amounting to $150,000 handed to the suspect in cash or personal credit card when the recipient refused to accept checks.
The financier testified to the Jerusalem district court in a pre-trial hearing Tuesday, May 27, which Olmert's attorneys tried hard and failed to prevent.
Talansky stated firmly that, except in one case, the moneys were not requested for campaign funding but to finance Olmert's visits to America.
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Outcry against Israeli lawmaker who says ceding territory is punishable by death<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 28, 2008
At the first session of the Golan lobby in Jerusalem Monday, May 26 National Union Knesset member Aryeh Eldad, citing the Treason clause 97 of the Penal Law, declared: "He who acts to remove state-owned territory from state sovereignty and cedes it to a foreign state is punishable by death or a life sentence."
He later explained to his outraged fellow-lobbyists that he meant sentencing by a court of law. Eldad's comment referred to prime minister Ehud Olmert's reported offer to restore the Golan, which the lawmaker termed part of sovereign Israel, to Syria for a peace accord.
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Israeli state prosecutor: There were no election campaigns when PM received cash envelopes <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 22, 2008
As this damaging revelation emerged in the High Court Monday, May 19, prime minister Ehud Olmert's office announced he would undergo a routine hospital test that night to monitor his prostrate cancer, which was disclosed last October as not life-threatening. Several lawmakers on both sides of the house want him suspended in view of the gravity of the suspicions against him.

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Ex-Israeli AF chief: Thousands of missiles may hit Israel population in future war
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 22, 2008
Outgoing Air Force commander, Maj. Gen. Eliezer Shkedy said in a radio interview Saturday, May 17, that the peril comes from thousands of missile stocked by Syria, Hizballah, Hamas and possibly Iran. Israel has developed new defensive capabilities to reduce their impact.
He revealed that during the 2006 Lebanon War, the Air Force intercepted a pilot-less aircraft in time (to prevent it landing). Hamas' arsenal compares with that of Hizballah, said the former air force chief. It consists of missiles, rockets and guns of all types, including anti-air weapons. He said Israeli aircraft have not been "critically affected" until now but they are under constant fire.
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Senior minister speaks out against Olmert government restraint on Gaza attacks<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 20, 2008
Internal security minister Avi Dichter said in a radio interview Saturday, May 17, that on no account may a terrorist entity be permitted to exist between Israel and Egypt. The Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip did not qualify as a state and should not be treated as one, he stressed. No accommodations for Gaza would work without effective deterrence. Israel's current military operations had fallen down on the task of deterring the rising volume of Palestinian missile and rocket attacks; Israeli towns and villages had become "sitting ducks."
He said he may bid for the Kadima party leadership when the time was right.
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Exclusive: Hamas to hear Olmert-Barak's Gaza truce plan in Cairo. Military operation on back burner <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 20, 2008
debkafile's military and Middle East sources report that Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak informed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak at their meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh Monday, May 19, that the kidnapped Israel soldier Gilead Shalit must be included in the ceasefire deal. However, Egyptian go-betweens headed by intelligence minister Gen. Omar Suleiman did not agree to present this demand as unconditional when they lay out Israel's terms to a Hamas delegation from Damascus Tuesday, May 20.
debkafile's counter-terror sources disclose that Hamas responded by raising the price for releasing the soldier it snatched two years ago.
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New poll gives Olmert-Barak duo 21 percent rating for dealing with Gaza violence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 20, 2008
The poll, conducted by Prof. Yitzahk Katz's Maagar Mohot institute, found 51 percent of the sample canvassed in favor of fighting Hamas; 39 percent preferred an accommodation. Only 31 percent trusted prime minister Ehud Olmert and defense minister Ehud Barak to deal with the Palestinian missile offensive from Gaza; 21 percent did not; 34 percent were skeptical.
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Lack of Intelligence Enables First Armored Terror Attack on Regular Army<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 18, 2008
Once again, after two previous successes, Hamas proved Saturday, April 19 it was capable of ramming through Israel's border defenses against the Gaza Strip. This time, Israeli troops acted expeditiously and boldly enough to prevent a major Palestinian breakthrough at the Kerem Shalom crossing and fatal casualties. Thirteen members of the Southern Command's Bedouin Desert Patrol Battalion were injured, none of them seriously.
These troops performed their mission of foiling a Hamas killing-cum-kidnap rampage, although they were not armed with advance warning or the anti-tank weapons for dealing with the Palestinian group's two armored personnel carriers and two explosives-packed jeeps.
The attack testified graphically that Hamas' movements and plans in the Gaza Strip are a closed book for the Israeli army's operational intelligence.
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Up to 100 injured by Iran-made rocket which wrecks crowded Ashkelon shopping mall
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 17, 2008
Jihad Islami and Popular Committees claimed the attack with Hamas blessing. After examining the rocket shrapnel, police commander Uri Barlev confirmed it was a Grad (Katyhusha) military rocket made in Iran.
Of the 100 people injured in Ashkelon's bustling mall, four people were seriously hurt including a mother and her four-month old baby. Two other women suffered moderate injuries and the others of whom many were children were slightly hurt. Four were dug out of the debris.
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Outgoing Israeli Air Force commander: Israel faces unparalleled threats
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 17, 2008
Handing over the command of the air force at a ceremony on Tuesday, May 13, Maj. Gen. Eliezer Shkedy warned that Israel faces threats unknown in the past. "We must prepare itself to withstand them as a nation, as an army and as an air force," he said. The incoming air force chief Maj. Gen. Eidan Nehushtan said the regime in Tehran combines poisonous rhetoric with actions drawn from an ideology that denies Israel the right to exist.
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Merkel Recognizes Israel's Capital - But Opposes Military Steps against Iran <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 16, 2008
Some unusual aspects stand out in the German Chancellor Angela Merkel's four-day official visit to Israel starting Sunday, March 16. One is her arrival with seven of her top ministers, including foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and defense minister Franz Josef Jung. Both will hold bilateral talks with their Israeli counterparts.
Angela Merkel's perspective on Israel can be summed up in a word: A genuine commitment to a secure Israel, a willingness to assist in its armament for possible war with Iran and a wish to develop bilateral strategic relations. But she has no intention of giving up Berlin's strategic ties with Tehran.

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Gaza missile against Moshav Yesha kills Shuli Katz, 70, from Kibbutz Gvar-Am <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2008
Shuli Katz, 70, mother of four, grandmother of five, from Kibbutz Gvar-Am, was on a family visit to Moshav Yesha south of Ofakim. She was killed instantly as she stepped out of a car by an exploding Qassam missile fired from Gaza. Jihad Islami claimed the second Israeli fatality of Palestinian attacks in four days.
Jimmy Kedoshim from Kibbutz Kfar Azza died after being struck by a Palestinian mortar last Friday, May 9. Over the weekend, more than 22 missiles were fired from Gaza. Early Monday, May 12, two Katyusha rockets from Gaza exploded in southern Ashkelon. One just missed a school, leaving several children in shock and damaging buildings. An alert sent town-dwellers diving for shelter.
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Exclusive: Israel's diplomatic positions eroded by PM Olmert's police probe
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 13, 2008
debkafile's Middle East sources report that the police investigations hanging over prime minister Olmert's head are beginning to undermine his government's ability to engage in Middle East diplomacy. Most political circles have begun the countdown to his political demise in the short term.
Sunday night, Cairo had not finally confirmed that Egyptian intelligence minister Gen. Omar Suleiman would keep his Monday, May 12, date in Jerusalem.
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US witness allowed to testify at preliminary hearing after he claimed fears for his safety <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 12, 2008
The Jerusalem district court Friday, May 9, approved the prosecution's application to allow the US financier Morris Talansky, 75, from Long Island, to testify in a pre-trial hearing to handing large sums of cash to prime minister Ehud Olmert.
The court decided to open the session to the public. Talansky told the police who questioned him that he is afraid Olmert will "send people after him."
State prosecutor Moshe Lador told the court it was inconceivable that the prime minister, who is under investigation on suspicion of accepting bribes over a long period, would try to influence the witness or alter his testimony.
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Jimmy Kedoshim, 48, killed by a mortar shell from Gaza<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 11, 2008
He had stepped out of his house in Kibbutz Kfar Azza to work in the garden when he took a direct hit from a mortar shell Friday night, May 9. A kibbutz veteran and reserve paratrooper, Jimmy Kedoshim is survived by a wife and three children. Palestinian attacks also injured three Israelis, one a soldier who was seriously hurt.

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Israel's 60th anniversary holiday marred by accident
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 10, 2008
Two spectators and a paratrooper were seriously injured when he was swept off course by a gusting wind and landed at the edge of a crowd watching a free fall- aerobatic spectacle over Tel Aviv beach. Five more spectators suffered minor injuries.
Across the country, during the day, after a night of fireworks and free entertainment in town centers, Israelis were out on family picnics in national parks and nature spots and visited open military installations and historical sites, museums and galleries.
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Exclusive: An early Israeli general election is becoming unavoidable<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 9, 2008
debkafile's political sources report that circles closest to Ehud Olmert, prime minister and leader of the Kadima party see little hope of him surviving the political fallout from the new, as-yet unpublished police investigation against him.
Tuesday, May 6, is seen as marking the critical point in the inquiry, after which the police and general prosecution will move quickly to draw up an indictment.
Therfore, our sources do not credit reports that Monday, May 5, visiting US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice leaned hard on Olmert to mark President George W, Bush's May 14 visit with a declaration defining the final frontiers of a Palestinian state acceptable to Israel.
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Olmert case: Court delays decision on foreign witness's pre-trial testimony
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 9, 2008
Jerusalem district court allowed publication of the prosecution's request to hear a foreign witness's sworn testimony in the case against prime minister Ehud Olmert in a pre-trial proceeding. However, the court delayed its reply until after Independence Day, Thursday, May 8. The witness's departure before the hearing could seriously damage the prosecution's case.
General prosecutor Moshe Lador said the sweeping gag order will not be lifted before Independence Day. The mass-circulation New York Post meanwhile ran with the story Tuesday.

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Analysis: Where did the new corruption charge against Olmert spring from? And why now?<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 8, 2008
A mysterious stranger from America laid fresh information before the Israeli police last week initiating Corruption Investigation No. 5 against Ehud Olmert. All five pre-date his two years as Israeli prime minister and none have so far produced an indictment. But this time, the Attorney General ordered the police to question the prime minister urgently within 48 hours in "a grave criminal offense."
Olmert was quizzed under caution at his residence Friday, May 2, on charges shrouded by a court gag order.
In a special analysis below, debkafile's political sources ask where Olmert's accuser sprang from a week before Israel's launches its 60th anniversary celebrations.

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Ehud Olmert will not quit though suspected of taking bribes before he became prime minister<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 8, 2008
Thursday night, May 8 the court gag order imposed on the police investigation against the prime minister was partially lifted. Olmert immediately denied the charge published against him of bribe-taking, admitted only accepting political campaign funds which never reached his pocket and said he would only resign if indicted.
The charge against him is of receiving from an outside party or parties hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes over a period spanning his terms as mayor of Jerusalem and minister of trade and industry between 1999 and 2005.
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