Right-wing American Jews should be investigated for their role in ending the premiership of former prime minister Ehud Olmert and initiating indictments that ended in acquittals, Olmert's associates said Wednesday.

In the aftermath of Tuesday's court decisions to acquit Olmert on three charges and convict him on one, the people closest to the former prime minister blamed State Prosecutor Moshe Lador for initiating legal hearings that forced Olmert to quit the premiership. On Wednesday, they added right-wing American Jews to the list of the blameworthy.

"We are not looking for conspiracy theories but we want answers to facts," a source close to Olmert said. "Certain people became part of the political game and brought about investigations, which led to his resignation. You have to ask yourself whether these things should be investigated."

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