Ex-Mossad Chief Meir Dagan says ruling regime in Israel more dangerous than ‘Iranian threat’

Middle East Monitor | May 1, 2012

Former Mossad Chief, Meir Dagan, has said that Yuval Diskin, the former director of Shin Bet (Israel’s Security Agency), was speaking his “internal truth” when he criticized Israel’s Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, and Defence Minister, Ehud Barak.

Dagan made his statements on Sunday at a conference organized by the Jerusalem Post and held at the Marion Hotel in New York. The conference was attended by former Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, and former IDF chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi. Dagan described Diskin as a good friend and a serious person speaking his “internal truth”.

Dagan has criticized the ruling Likud Party’s intention to pass the “Dagan Law” which entails imposing restrictions on statements made by the heads of security apparatuses. In an interview to the Israeli newspaper Maariv, Dagan asserted that the Israeli regime is more dangerous than the Iranian threat which he downplayed. He said that the “real threat” to Israel is the ruling regime, and that Israel is on the brink of the abyss.

The former Mossad chief also accused Netanyahu of using most of his time and effort toward strengthening the ruling coalition in fear that it would collapse and the premier would lose his power in a day.

On his part, Olmert criticized Netanyahu for his confrontation with US President Barack Obama asserting that Israel should avoid confrontation with the US president. “You have to respect him. He is the president of the most powerful nation on earth, and happens to be a friend of Israel” he said.

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