State Attorney Moshe Lador submitted to the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court an apology to former prime minister Ehud Olmert on Wednesday, thereby ending a defamation suit the later filed over a 2011 newspaper interview.

Following an April 2012 court order to take the dispute to arbitration, Lador apologized and clarified that he never intended to harm Olmert in the Ha'aretz interview.

In the interview, Lador described a $75,000 loan Olmert had allegedly received from American businessman Josef Elmaliach in 1993 as “extraordinarily scandalous,” and claimed that Olmert had yet to return the money.

Joanna Paraszczuk contributed to this report.

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