Christiane speaks with Gen. Salim Idriss, the Chief of Staff for the Free Syrian Army.
– Ehud Olmert says extreme right-wing elements in the United States helped derail his peace plan
– They poured millions of dollars into efforts to topple him from office, he says
– Olmert, who quit as prime minister amid corruption allegations, does not name the right-wing figures
– His 2008 peace plan proposed a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders
By the CNN Wire Staff
(CNN) - Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has said millions of dollars from the "extreme right wing" in the United States helped oust him from government and derailed a peace plan with the Palestinians.
In an exclusive interview aired Friday with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Olmert said his attempts to make peace had been "a killer" for him as prime minister.
In 2008, Olmert sought a "full comprehensive peace between us and the Palestinians" - a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders. But the plan was never realized and Olmert was forced from office accused of corruption, which he denies.
"It was a killer for me, not only because of the opposition in Israel. I think that, by the way, in Israel, the majority of the Israelis would have supported my plan, had it come for elections," Olmert said.
"But I had to fight against superior powers, including millions and millions of dollars that were transferred from this country (the United States) by figures which were from the extreme right wing that were aimed to topple me as prime minister of Israel. There is no question about it."
Pressed to name names, Olmert replied: "Next time."
Part 1: Advising Chen Guangcheng Jerome Cohen is a lawyer, adviser and friend of Chen Guangcheng. He talks to CNN about the Chinese activist. Part 2: Madeleine Albright on Chen Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright says she thinks Chen Guangcheng will come to America. Part 3: Press freedom in China In certain parts of China, many people do not know about Chen Guangcheng.
Jerome Cohen is a lawyer, adviser and friend of Chen Guangcheng. He talks to CNN about the Chinese activist.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright says she thinks Chen Guangcheng will come to America.
In certain parts of China, many people do not know about Chen Guangcheng.
Episode #14: Thursday, May 3, 2012.