Jerusalem – Daily allegations of corruption of Israeli Prime Minister Olmert continue, while the daily newspaper Ha’aretz reports that multiple indictments of the Israeli prime minister are only a few days away.

Dramatic testimony given by David Cohen, who has been charged with stealing $2 million from an Israeli pension fund to cover gambling debts, sent shockwaves through the Tel Aviv District Courthouse.

Mr. Cohen, who served in the past as a courier for the “Leumit Labor Federation,” said he delivered envelopes stuffed with cash for former Finance Minister Avraham Herschson, who is also facing trial for mass embezzlement of public funds.

He testified that he brought Mr. Herschson the envelopes that were filled with cash.

Mr. Cohen stunned the courtroom when he said “Herschson asked me to take an envelope, a big fat envelope to Mr. Olmert, who stuck it in his pocket. I don’t know what was in the envelope.”

He said after Mr. Olmert allegedly stuffed the big fat envelope into his suit pocket, he thanked him. 

Mr. Amir Dan, the Israeli prime minister’s media adviser, responded swiftly to the incriminating testimony that was aired in court, saying, “this is a completely delusional story that is based on nothing …”

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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.