Middle East Former Israeli PM Olmert convicted in corruption case

Ehud Olmert has claimed he was on the brink of a historic agreement with the Palestinians when he was forced to resign in early 2009 amid corruption allegations.

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was convicted Monday of unlawfully accepting money from a US supporter in a retrial on corruption charges, the latest chapter in the downfall of a man who only years earlier hoped to lead the country to a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians.