Israeli PM denies taking bribes from Long Island developer

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert denied new charges that he illegally took hundreds of thousands of dollars from Jewish businessman Morris “Moshe” Talansky, a Long Island developer. Olmert allegedly received the payments from 1999 to 2003, as mayor of Jerusalem and later minister of industry and trade. Olmert said he would not fight to stay in office if he was charged. Olmert said Talansky had made contributions to him for his campaigns. Talansky, who called in for questioning while in Israel visiting family for the Passover holiday, said that he was “baffled” by the case and denied doing anything wrong. 

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