Former Israeli Domestic Intel Chief Criticizes PM on Iran
The former head of Israel’s domestic intelligence agency has accused the country’s leadership of "misleading" the public on the merits of a possible military strike on Iran.
Yuval Diskin said an attack might speed up any attempt by Iran to obtain a nuclear bomb.
The comment follows remarks by other leading figures contradicting the prime minister and defence chief’s views on the subject.
Mr Diskin, who stepped down as Shin Bet chief last year after six years, said he had "no faith in the current leadership" of Mr Netanyahu and Mr Barak, according to Israeli media reports.
"I don’t believe in a leadership that makes decisions based on messianic feelings," he said at a public meeting.
"They are misleading the public on the Iran issue. They tell the public that if Israel acts, Iran won’t have a nuclear bomb. This is misleading. Actually, many experts say that an Israeli attack would accelerate the Iranian nuclear race."
At a minimum, this underscores that despite popular perception in large swaths of the US, Israel is not a monolith composed of persons with identical views on Iran.
Couple these statements with those of current IDF chief that I noted the other day and we not only less than hysterical views on Iran we have people who are well informed holding such views.
This is worth keeping in mind as some in our country beat the drums of war and talk of Israel as if it is a singular person so fearful of its existence that it is insisting on war. This is not the case.