Fri Apr 27, 2012, 06:25 PM
oberliner (42,214 posts)
Ex-intelligence chief Diskin says Netanyahu, Barak ‘not fit to lead Israel’ and wrong on Iran
Yuval Diskin, the former head of the Shin Bet, launched an unprecedentedly harsh assault on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Friday, saying they acted out of “messianistic” impulses, were misleading the public over the Iranian challenge, and that he had no faith in their capacity to launch a war on Iran or extricate Israel from one.
Speaking at the Majdi Forum in Kfar Saba, a Tel Aviv suburb, Diskin said there might be “a measure of truth” in the first component of the Netanyahu-Barak assertions that “if Israel doesn’t act, the Iranians will get the bomb.” But there was no truth in the second component they were peddling — that “if Israel does act, the Iranians won’t get the bomb.” He said the two politicians were appealing to “the idiots within the Israeli public” in making that claim.
Diskin, who stepped down as Shin Bet chief after six years last year, and who has never previously spoken out publicly in this way, said Netanyahu and Barak were not fit to lead Israel. “I don’t have confidence” in either of them, he said. This was not the leadership that was needed if Israel was to embark on an attack on Iran, not the leadership capable of stewarding a possible regional war.
He cited experts who had long argued, credibly he said, that an Israeli attack on Iran would simply enable the regime there to speed to the bomb openly, with a perceived increased sense of legitimacy.
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