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Ehud Olmert Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of Ehud Olmert, former prime minister of Israel.

Birth date:
September 30, 1945

Birth place: Binyamina, Palestine (now Israel)

Birth name: Ehud Olmert

Father: Mordechai Olmert, member of the Knesset

Mother: Bella Olmert

Marriage: Aliza Olmert, artist and playwright

Children: 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 Officer

Religion: Jewish

Other Facts:
Olmert grew up in a settlement called Nahalat Jabotinsky near present-day Binyamina.

Elected mayor of Jerusalem in 1993, Olmert defeated Teddy Kollek with 59% of the vote. Kollek had been mayor since 1965.

His daughter, Shuli, is adopted.

He was successfully treated for prostate cancer in 2007.

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 Ariel 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 session of the United States Congress.

May 8, 2008 - Israeli police and the Ministry of Justice reveal they are investigating Olmert for receiving money illegally while he was mayor of Jerusalem and a cabinet minister.

July 30, 2008 - Olmert announces his intention to resign as prime minister when Kadima elects a new chairman.

September 18, 2008 - Tzipi Livni becomes the leader of the Kadima party.

September 20, 2008 - Announces his resignation shortly after police recommend charges in corruption probes surrounding him. He continues as caretaker prime minister until a successor is sworn in.

March 31, 2009 - Benjamin Netanyahu is sworn in as prime minister.

August 30, 2009 - Is indicted in several corruption cases on charges including fraud and breach of trust.

September 25, 2009-July 10, 2012 - Olmert's corruption trial ends after almost three years with him being found guilty of breach of trust, and being acquitted on two corruption-related charges.

January 5, 2012 - Is indicted on bribery charges, along with 14 others, in connection with three Jerusalem real estate projects, known as the Holyland Affair.

September 24, 2012 - Is ordered to pay a fine of 75,000 New Israeli Shekels (about $19,000) and given a one year suspended jail sentence for the breach of trust conviction. As part of his sentencing he is cleared to run for political office.

March 31, 2014 - Is convicted of bribery charges related to the Holyland Affair.

May 13, 2014 - Olmert is sentenced to six years in prison and is fined 1 million shekels.