Accused of war crimes in Gaza and Lebanon and convicted for fraud, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been plagued by controversy throughout his political career. Despite this, many supporters laud him for coming close to a peace deal with the Palestinians in 2008.

In an exclusive interview with Mehdi Hasan, Olmert issues a scathing criticism of his successor Benjamin Netanyahu's ongoing and public opposition to the Iran nuclear deal.

"I'm unhappy with certain parts of the deal," Olmert said, "this is not an ideal deal, but the question is not whether I like it or not. There is a deal. It's a done deal. It's been approved. It's been accepted."

Olmert also disputes Netanyahu's claim at the United Nations on Thursday that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is not interested in peace talks or negotiations with Israel.

"[Abbas] certainly is a partner for peace. There is no other," Olmert says.

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Source: Al Jazeera