Dagan warns of dangers of current political system (JERUSALEM POST) By ILAN EVYATAR AND GIL HOFFMAN 04/08/12)
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Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan, who has downplayed the urgency of the
Iranian nuclear threat, played up the threat posed to Israel by its
own political system in an interview last week with The Jerusalem
“I believe our system is reaching a point where the government is
almost incapable of running the country," Dagan warned. “We are on
the edge of – I would not say a disaster because that is a bit
exaggerated – but we are facing a very bad prognosis of what will
happen in the future.”
Dagan formed an organization in November that is trying to obtain one
million signatures from Israeli citizens supporting changing the
The organization hopes to use the petition to pressure the government
to take action before the next general election.
Although Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu celebrated three years
since his government’s formation last Saturday, Dagan said the tenure
of Israeli governments was usually two years.
“The power has been shifted from the majority to the minority because
[ruling parties] are forced to create coalition governments,” he said.
“National priorities are decided by the small parties who are
establishing the coalition and not the majority. Anyone who is
working and paying taxes and serves in the military is not receiving
any support from the government, while everyone who is not working,
not paying taxes and not serving in the military is receiving
Asked how and when such problems could be changed, he said he would
do everything in his power to fix them as soon as possible.
Dagan complained about the large number of ministers and deputy
minister, noting that Defense Minister Ehud Barak´s party had five
MKs and four ministers.
“Do you think that we are able, for a very long time, to maintain a
government that has 28 ministers?” Dagan complained that solutions
were not provided to the problems raised by last summer’s
socioeconomic protesters, due to the limitations the political system
imposes on the country´s leaders.
“I think that the role of the prime minister should be defended,” he
said. “We should allow prime minister to maintain their political
line and try to achieve their goals. Now we are seeing [prime
ministers forced to] compromise on a compromise on a compromise and
what is achieved?"
Dagan ruled out entering politics. He complained about the current
law that bars former IDF and intelligence chiefs from entering
politics for three years following their retirement from service,
saying that he did not expect that law to be changed because that
would go against the interests of the MKs.
“We have a right to be killed for the government, we can lead
hundreds of thousands of people into war, but we are not allowed to
be elected,” Dagan said. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 04/08/12)
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