Olmert: ‘Right-Wing Americans’ to Blame for Mideast Peace Failure



Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has accused right-wing Americans of being responsible for the lack of peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Wealthy Americans ousted him from power and derailed negotiations, he told CNN.

Olmert said he was committed to reaching peace, “But I had to fight against superior powers, including millions and millions of dollars that were transferred from this country [the United States] by figures who were from the extreme right wing that were aimed to topple me as prime minister of Israel.”

Olmert left office amid accusations of corruption involving several different issues. His bureau chief has since been convicted in one case.

He declined to name specific individuals who gave money to get him out of office, but said, “I know the names.”

He argued that most Israelis would have supported his planned deal with the PA.

In previous interviews, Olmert has said he offered Abbas more than any previous Israeli leader, including a PA capital in Jerusalem, more than 94% of the land he asked for in Judea and Samaria, and Israeli recognition of millions of foreign Arabs as PA refugees.

Abbas did not accept the deal. He has refused to negotiate with Olmert’s successor, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, instead naming several preconditions including a complete stop to construction in Judea and Samaria. Netanyahu did stop construction in Judea and Samaria for several months, but PA leaders did not meet with Israel until the construction freeze had nearly ended and refused to continue unless it was extended.

Read more: Israel National News

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  1. This guy really is a nut – total amnesia. He needs to be committed to an institution. Like our American prez, everybody else and his cousin are responsible

  2. What an emesdika tipash! This backstabber should be thrown in prison. Why is anyone taking this dummy, serious?

  3. In a country with a history of incredibly stupid and incompetent politicians, Olmert easily takes first prize. There is nothing he was involved in as Prime Minister that was not either a failure or a disaster. He has a history of involvement with organized crime and is under investigation for serious crime while mayor of Jerusalem and as Prime Minster.

  4. I remember this guy as prime minister in the polls he would be in the single digits. He’s probably the most unpopular politician around. And he didn’t even run for prime minister again. He knew he stands no chance. But now he’s trying to label a segement of the population that the whole world hates with passion. What a sad loser.
    As far as the allegations against him, well he was never vindicated in court, so I wouldn’t use it against him.

  5. He speaks the truth! It was wealthy Americans that got him ousted from power. They offered bribes, and he accepted!!


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