Former PM Olmert: Mossad Head Gave Me Information 'That Changed Everything'

In his corruption trial testimony Olmert speaks of dramatic events while in office, when foreign media reported a bombing of a Syria nuclear site.

On the second day of his corruption trial, Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert recounted "one of the most dramatic" moments of his term in office.

"The head of the Mossad called me," he said. "I see him regularly, but it's a rare occasion when the head of the Mossad calls you and says, 'I have to see you.'" Olmert described receiving information that an Israeli prime minister "rarely gets… I knew that from that moment on nothing will be the same." During Olmert's term in 2007, international media reported that a nuclear reactor was bombed in Syria.

Olmert trial - Flash 90/Kobi Gideon - June 2, 2011
Flash 90/Kobi Gideon

During the testimony Olmert also sharply criticizing State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss and the judicial system. He complained about the timing of his investigations while he was in office, and slammed the comptroller for making them publicly. Yet he stopped short of accusing the authorities of a conspiracy.

"I've been in office for close to 30 years," he said. "I don't remember a state comptroller announcing publicly about that he is launching an investigation about every little thing."