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H.E. Ehud Olmert, Prime minister of Israel (2006-2008)

H.E. Ehud Olmert, Prime minister of Israel (2006-2009)

Ehud Olmert served as Prime Minister of the State of Israel from 2006 to 2009. Born in Binyamina in 1945, Olmert studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and worked as a lawyer. He was first elected to the 8th Knesset in 1973 at the age of 28 and was reelected eight times. In the March 2006 elections, he was elected as the 12th Prime Minister of the State of Israel, during which time he led the country during the Second Lebanon War which re-established Israeli deterrence giving Israel quiet on its northern border for over a decade. He also worked towards a peace agreement with the Palestinians and in November 2007, attended the Annapolis Peace Conference led by President George W. Bush. Olmert continues to promote efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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