Ministers, MKs Hit Back at Diskin: Why Wait till Now? (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 04/28/12)
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Coalition ministers and Knesset members hit back Saturday night at
former Shin Bet head Yuval Diskin, after he mounted a frontal attack
on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak
on Saturday, calling them "messianic."
Several responders asked why Diskin, whose term as head of the Shin
Bet ended almost a year ago, did not resign from his position if he
had such low confidence in Netanyahu and Barak.
Minister of Culture and Sport Limor Livnat (Likud) said that "The
timing and style Diskin chose for attacking the prime minister cause
one to suspect that he is motivated by foreign considerations… in a
manner that is unbecoming for a person of his status and his former
"It is too bad that he is ignoring the responsibility that he bears
even after he has finished his term in office," she said, "and
chooses to attack the prime minister for an unclear reason, in a way
that could cause Israel damage among those who wish it ill in the
Minister Shalom Simchon (Independence) said that "Diskin´s crude and
irresponsible statements reflect primarily on him. If Diskin is so
worried about Netanyahu and Barak´s leadership, why did he not resign
from heading the Shin Bet?"
Simchon said that Diskin had shown poor judgment that caused Gilad
Shalit to sit in jail for years, and forced Israel to pay a high
price for his release. He hinted that Diskin is on his way to
MK Carmel Shama Hacohen (Likud) noted on his Facebook page that
elections appear to be nearing, and speculated that Diskin´s
statement was made in that context. "We should not get too excited
because in the course of the coming year we will hear many strange
things about the prime minister, certainly from frustrated
politicians who are in a cooling off period, who will say extreme and
alarming things in order to keep themselves relevant."
MK Shama Hacohen noted that when Diskin´s original term as Shin Bet
head ended, he stayed on for another year, even though his bosses
were Netanyahu and Barak.
Ministers Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beitenu) and Yisrael Katz
(Likud) also commented on Diskin´s statements and commented that he
should have said them when he headed the Shin Bet, and resigned –
rather than wait for now. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/28/12)
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