Join the most important conference in the Jewish world
'US money led to collapse of peace negotiations'
ByJPOST.COM STAFF
May 5, 2012 05:11
Speaking to CNN, former prime minister Olmert says "millions transferred from US by the extreme right."
Former PM Ehud Olmert in CNN interview

Former PM Ehud Olmert in CNN interview 370. (photo credit:CNN)

Former prime minister Ehud Olmert blamed right-wing extremists in the United States for the collapse of peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, in an interview with CNN released Friday.

Speaking at the sidelines of this week's Jerusalem Post Conference in New York on Sunday, Olmert said his peace plan would have been accepted by the Israeli public, but was hampered by radical elements in the Jewish diaspora. "I had to fight against superior powers," he said, "including millions and millions of dollars that were transferred from this country by figures from the extreme right wing."



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.





Olmert added that figures "wanted to prevent the government, led by me, from achieving peace on the basis of principles I outlined."

The former prime minister said that his political career was killed by his attempt at peace-making, but added that he pursued his course for the good of the nation. "I paid personally, dearly, but there was no other option for me but to do what I did," he said.

At the Jerusalem Post Conference panel discussion on Sunday, Olmert defended PA President Mahmoud Abbas for not accepting the peace deal that Olmert himself offered the Palestinians during his tenure. "the Palestinians did not say no to my peace plan," adding that Israeli ministers advised the PA president not to accept the plan.
Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

Tags:
  • new york
  • jewish
  • jerusalem post conference
  • diaspora
  • Prev Article
    German FM: World won't let Iran get nukes
    Guido Westerwelle
    aerial view of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant
    Japan nuclear power-free as last reactor shuts
    Next Article
    Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    Geert Wilders
    February 15, 2017
    Anti-Islam leader Geert Wilders frontrunner in Dutch elections

    By REUTERS

    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 4 - 18
      Beer Sheva
      7 - 18
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 5 - 15
      Jerusalem
      8 - 17
      Haifa
    • 9 - 23
      Elat
      8 - 21
      Tiberias