Israeli DM Says Dagan Should Have Kept Opinions Secret
A number of other former officials are sticking up for former Mossad
chief Meir Dagan’s right to criticize the possibility of a unilateral
Israeli attack on Iran. The comments aren’t sitting well with members of
the hawkish current government, however.
Dagan termed the possible air strike “the stupidest thing I have
ever heard.” He added that the Iranian government could move
infrastructure from place to place to avoid the attack. Finance Minister
Yuval Steinitz said Dagan should have “kept his remarks to himself.”
Defense Minister Ehud Barak likewise condemned the comments from
Dagan, saying that it was “not right to share these thoughts – even if
they are legitimate – with the public.” Israel has repeatedly threatened
to attack Iran.
The comments are likely to add to the belief that, despite repeating
these threats throughout the past several years, Israeli officials are
not likely to actually attack Iran over their civilian nuclear program.
Barak said it would be up to elected officials, not Mossad, whether or
not to attack Iran.