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‘No chance’: Olmert spurns option of apology to Netanyahu for calling him mentally ill

Former prime minister Ehud Olmert arrives for a court hearing on the lawsuit of the Netanyahu family against him, at the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court, on January 10, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Pool)
Former prime minister Ehud Olmert arrives for a court hearing on the lawsuit of the Netanyahu family against him, at the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court, on January 10, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Pool)

Former prime minister Ehud Olmert rejects out of hand the option that he’ll apologize to opposition chief Benjamin Netanyahu for calling him and his wife and son “mentally ill.”

“Of course not, this hasn’t even been considered. There’s no chance that this will happen — not an apology and not anything that resembles it,” Olmert says in an interview with Channel 12 news.

Olmert adds that his remark against Netanyahu was mild in comparison to other remarks made against the fellow former premier, saying he is “amused” that of all the comments, the Netanyahus decided to press charges over this one.

“Does someone seriously think I’m a psychiatrist? Of course I expressed an opinion, which is very popular in the public regarding the family’s conduct, and there have been countless revelations on that,” he argues.

He also claims that Israel has no option of destroying Iran’s nuclear capabilities with a military strike, calling the notion “nonsense.”

“It is unnecessary arrogance that indicates weakness, not strength,” he says.

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