Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert revealed “the biggest mistake of the Syrian President Bashar Al Assad life”.
In an interview with Saudi Elaph website, last Thursday, Olmert confirmed that Assad committed the mistake of his life, claiming that he had not reached an agreement between the two parties, Syrian and Israeli, in December 2008, and that Assad refused at the last minute.
“The Turks then, in the year 2008, did fair mediation and excellent work in these indirect negotiations,” Olmert explained, noting that he had met with the Prime Minister, then, the current Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had arranged a meeting with President Bashar Al Assad, but The latter did not attend despite Erdogan’s assurance that the Syrian President’s plane was standing on the runway in Damascus.
“The Turks, then, mediated fairly and did an excellent job in these indirect negotiations,” Olmert said: I think Bashar Al Assad made the mistake of his life because he did not reach an agreement with me.
At the time, I arrived in Ankara to meet with Erdogan, who was then prime minister, and arranged for me to meet with Assad.
I got there and Erdogan told me then that the plane that was going to take Assad to meet me in Ankara was on the runway in Damascus.
During my stay, Erdogan called the Syrian president, told me that he was on the other side and started talking to him.
I got out of the room because I didn’t want to stay on the call.