In 2008, the pair went under investigation for alleged briberies.
Talansky is one of two pivotal witnesses in the investigation that alleges that Olmert unlawfully received millions of shekels in illegal campaign funding over a period of 15 years.
The other major witness in the case, Olmert's long-time associate and former partner in their Jerusalem law firm, attorney Uri Messer allegedly handled the transfer of cash between Talansky and Olmert. Messer confirmed to police, according to Maariv newspaper, that he gave Olmert large quantities of cash in envelopes. He said, "I did not act for myself or on my own. I acted with Ehud's knowledge and on his behalf."
Talansky is believed to be a heavy influence in both Israeli internal politics, and on U.S. foreign policy towards Israel. Over the years, he has made contributions to political heavyweights such as Rudi Giuliani and Bill Clinton.
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