Skip To Content
Get Our Newsletter

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Fast Forward

Former Israeli PM Olmert Leaves Prison, Requests Lifting Of Parole Restrictions

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert left prison on early release and then submitted a request to have his parole restrictions completely removed.

Olmert left prison early Sunday morning after serving 16 months of a 27-month sentence. The prison parole board on Thursday granted him early release for good behavior.

Later Sunday morning, Olmert appealed to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, requesting him to limit the parole restrictions to his time served in prison.

Among the restrictions are a prohibition on leaving the country, meeting with a parole officer twice a week and meeting weekly with a Prisons Service social worker. The restrictions are set to be lifted in May 2018, when Olmert would have completed his original sentence.

Olmert was writing an autobiography while in prison, which may have touched on sensitive security issues. Last month, one of his attorneys was caught leaving the prison with a chapter that discussed a top secret security-related incident that the military censor has banned in the past for publication.

Olmert resigned his post in September 2008 after police investigators recommended that he be indicted in multiple corruption scandals. He was convicted of receiving bribes in the Holyland affair, which involved the payment of bribes to government officials by the developers of a luxury high-rise apartment complex in Jerusalem.

Olmert also was convicted for accepting cash-filled envelopes from American-Jewish businessman Morris Talansky and using it for personal expenses.




    50th meeting of the Yiddish Open Mic Cafe

    Hybrid event in London and online.

    Aug 14, 2022

    1:30 pm ET · 

    Join audiences and participants from across the globe for this live celebration of Yiddish songs, poems, jokes, stories, games, serious and funny - all performed in Yiddish with English translation.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free under an Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives Creative Commons license as long as you follow our republishing guidelines, which require that you credit the Foward and retain our pixel. See our full guidelines for more information.

To republish, copy the HTML, which includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline, images, and credit to the Foward. Have questions? Please email us at

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.