The Justice Ministry on Sunday strongly criticized Ehud Olmert's Channel 2 interview over the weekend, according to Army Radio, saying his comments were false and were intended to hurt the state's appeal of his recent court acquittal on corruption charges.

In his Meet the Press interview, the former prime minister blamed State Attorney Moshe Lador for “personally persecuting” him.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's Likud party also condemned Olmert's assertion that “Netanyahu is isolating Israel and we are paying a heavy price.”

In a statement, the party said that "Olmert incites against Israel throughout the world but he is the last person who should be preaching morality."

"During Operation Pillar of Defense," the statement concluded, "Netanyahu was able to enlist the support of the entire international community."

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