Olmert, Ehud

In-person autograph sentiment signed by Israel’s disgraced former PM while Mayor of Jerusalem

Price: $30.00

Description:
(B. 1945) 12th PM of Israel 2006-. First elected to the Knesset in 1973 at age 28, re-elected 7 consecutive times. Mayor of Jerusalem 1993-2003, first member of Likud or its precursors to hold the position. He was elected to the 16th Knesset Jan. 2003 and served as head of Likud’s election campaign and chief negotiator of the coalition agreement. Following elections, he was appointed Acting PM and Minister of Industry, Trade & Labor, then Minister of Communications 2003-04. On Aug. 7 2005, he became acting Finance Minister replacing Benjamin Netanyahu, who resigned over the planned Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. During PM Sharon's 2nd term, Olmert was seen as his right hand man, a vocal supporter of government policy and Sharon’s most important ally during the Sept. 2005 unilateral disengagement plan. When Sharon left Likud and formed a new party, Kadima, Olmert was one of the first to join him. On Jan. 4, 2006, Olmert became Acting PM as a result of the serious stroke suffered by Sharon. On Jan. 16, 2006 Olmert was elected Acting Chairman of Kadima and candidate in the Mar. 28 elections. In his first major policy address on becoming Israel's acting PM, Olmert backed the creation of a Palestinian state, and stated that Israel would have to relinquish parts of the West Bank to maintain its Jewish majority. President Moshe Katsav formally asked Olmert on April 6 to form a government, making him PM-Designate. On Apr. 11, 2006 the Israeli Cabinet deemed Sharon was incapacitated. The official declaration took effect on 14 April, formally ending Sharon's term as PM and making Olmert the country's new Interim Prime Minister. He formed a government and was named PM on May 4, 2006. On May 2, 2007, the Winograd Commission accused Olmert of failing to properly manage the 2nd Lebanese War. On January 5, 2012, Olmert was indicted and charged with taking bribes in the construction of a huge residential complex while he was Jerusalem's mayor. He is already on trial for 3 unrelated counts of fraud and breach of trust before his tenure as Prime Minister. 4 ¼ x 5 ½ white, blue-imprinted National Press Club “Question to Speaker” sheet with National Press Club heading at top and insignia at lower right, signed in English “warm wishes/Ehud Olmert”. On verso is typed indentification, Washington and July 10, 1996, date autograph obtained, and penned note in unknown hand “Later, Prime Minister”.

Condition: Very good, trivial crease below signature
Type:Autograph Sentiment Signed






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