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How does the growing turmoil in the Arab world impact Israel? How should the Haredim be incorporated more fully into modern Israeli society? What are Israeli expectations regarding negotiations with Palestine?

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert joins us for a wide-ranging talk on Israel and the region’s hopes for peace in a candid conversation with former New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Ethan Bronner.


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This event is part of the Voices From Israel series at 92Y.

Brief Bios

His Excellency Ehud Olmert served as prime minister of the State of Israel from 2006 to 2009. He previously served as minister of Finance in 2005 and as minister of Communications from 2003 to 2004. Before Olmert served as head of the Likud election headquarters in 2003, he was appointed by then Prime Minister Sharon as vice prime minister and minister of Industry, Trade, and Labor. From 1993 to 2000, Olmert served as mayor of Jerusalem. He served as minister without portfolio, responsible for minority affairs between 1988 and 1990, and as minister of health from 1990 until 1992. Between 1981 and 1989, he served as a member of the foreign affairs and defense committee and served on the finance, education and defense budget committees. He began his career in public service in 1973 when he was first elected a member of the Knesset and was reelected seven consecutive times. Olmert earned his B.A. and L.L.B. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Ethan Bronner, the deputy national editor, was most recently national legal affairs correspondent for The Times. Before, he was Jerusalem bureau chief, following four years as the newspaper’s deputy foreign editor. Mr. Bronner has also served as assistant editorial page editor of The Times, education editor and national education correspondent. Right after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, he worked in the paper’s investigative unit focusing on Al Qaeda.

A graduate of the College of Letters at Wesleyan University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Mr. Bronner began his journalism career at Reuters in 1980, reporting from London, Madrid, Brussels and Jerusalem. He worked at The Boston Globe for a dozen years, four of them as its legal and Supreme Court correspondent.

He is the author of Battle for Justice: How the Bork Nomination Shook America, which was named one of the best 25 books of 1989 by The New York Public Library and awarded a Silver Gavel by the American Bar Association. Mr. Bronner is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former trustee of Wesleyan University.

He is married to Naomi Kehati-Bronner, a psychologist. They have two sons.

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