Olmert not returning to politics, remains in Kadima (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST COM STAFF 07/13/12)
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Former prime minister Ehud Olmert said on Thursday that he has no
intention to return to politics, and is busy with numerous other
"I want to calm all those who are worrying. I have no intention of
getting into political activity. I am not involved and do not intend
to become involved," Olmert said at a Tel Aviv University speech.
Reaffirming himself as a Kadima man, Olmert asked that his name not
be dragged into things he has no intention of associating with. The
comment was a reference to a Haaretz report that he intended to team
up with Yair Lapid, a report Lapid also denied on Thursday.
"The Yesh Atid movement has no and has had no intention or plan to
join politically with Mr. Olmert, who is a Kadima member," Lapid said
in an interview with Army Radio, emphasizing that while Olmert is a
family friend, they do not intend to run together in elections.
Earlier on Thursday, Olmert´s spokesman Jacob Galanti told Israel
Radio that the former prime minister would not consider returning to
politics until a verdict is reached in the Holyland trial.
Though Olmert was cleared of major corruption charges in the Rishon
Tours affair and the Talansky affair on Tuesday, the separate
Holyland trial may continue well past the elections scheduled for
A Channel 10 television survey whose results were aired on Wednesday
found that 70 percent of the public would oppose him re-entering
politics, with only 22% in support.
Reuters contributed to this report. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post
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