The Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court ruled on Sunday that Ehud Olmert and state attorney Moshe Lador will commence a three-month arbitration process over a defamation suit Olmert brought against Lador.

If the arbitration process proves unsuccessful, the court will continue to hear the defamation claim, and will make a decision on Lador's request to be granted immunity from prosecution, Judge Riva Niv said.

The parties agreed that attorney Amos Gabrieli would act as arbitrator in the case. The arbitration process will commence next week and is expected to last about three months.

Olmert’s lawsuit is based on remarks the state attorney made in a February 2011 interview with Haaretz, which is also named as a respondent in the suit.

Joanna Paraszczuk contributed to this report

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