Ehud Olmert

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At the age of 28, Ehud Olmert became the youngest member of the Knesset, Israel's parliament. He climbed Israel's political ladder slowly and steadily, adjusting his views and positions as the times and public opinion changed, until he achieved the ultimate prize-prime minister of Israel. But less than four months after reaching that peak, Olmert, an aspiring peacemaker, found himself leading Israel in a war against Lebanon. When the hostilities ended without an Israeli victory, Olmert's popularity plummeted, and...
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At the age of 28, Ehud Olmert became the youngest member of the Knesset, Israel's parliament. He climbed Israel's political ladder slowly and steadily, adjusting his views and positions as the times and public opinion changed, until he achieved the ultimate prize-prime minister of Israel. But less than four months after reaching that peak, Olmert, an aspiring peacemaker, found himself leading Israel in a war against Lebanon. When the hostilities ended without an Israeli victory, Olmert's popularity plummeted, and he found himself fighting for his political life. This new biography tells how Olmert made his way to the top in the cutthroat world of Israeli politics and describes his struggle to hold on to the position that had been his life's dream.
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Children's Literature - Kristy Lyn Sutorius
Although Ehud Olmert is not a household name here in the United States, as was his predecessor Ariel Sharon, he has held the high position in the Israeli government—Prime Minister. Olmert also served as Mayor of Jerusalem during some very turbulent times. Despite rocky popularity ratings and implications in corruption and bribery cases, his desire to see Israel returned to its former glory was paramount and influenced all of his decisions. In a shocking "flip-flop" Olmert shifted his opinion mid-stream, much to the surprise of his party mates. A balanced view of the leader, the book recognizes Olmert's successes and does not gloss over his failings. Abrams paints a backdrop for the story of Ehud Olmert, going "back approximately 2,000 years." Young Adults will come away with more than sufficient understanding of the Jewish Diaspora, the creation of the Jewish state in 1947, the challenges Israel has had with her neighbors and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process, as well as Olmert's role within it. Recommended for collections thin on biographies in this area. Reviewer: Kristy Lyn Sutorius
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791097618
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Series: Modern World Leaders Series
  • Pages: 136
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword: On Leadership Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. 6
1 "Severe Failure" 12
2 Zionism 19
3 Roots 29
4 Growing Pains 38
5 War and Education 46
6 Climbing the Ranks 59
7 Mayor and Vice Prime Minister 69
8 Tested 87
9 Lebanon 98
10 The End of His Political Career? 107 Chronology 115 Bibliography 119 Further Reading 124 Index 127
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