Former Mossad Head Dagan supports Diskin (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Maayana Miskin 04/29/12)
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Former Mossad head Meir Dagan came out Sunday with a statement of
support for successor Yuval Diskin. Diskin was roundly criticized
Sunday for calling Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense
Minister Ehud Barak “messianic” and suggesting that social protests
in Israel be modeled on riots in Egypt.
Diskin “is a good young man, he is serious and he expresses his
truth,” Dagan said, speaking at a Jerusalem Post conference in New
Diskin was accused of inciting to violence. In addition, some accused
him of leaking classified information in his statements on Iran.
Diskin told the Hebrew-language daily Yediot Aharonot that he has no
regrets. “I do not regret a single word of what I said Friday. I
think things are even more serious [than what was said], and when the
day comes I will say even more extreme things about the state of
leadership in Israel,” he declared.
Sources close to Netanyahu had said that Diskin’s criticism of the
Prime Minister stemmed from frustration at not being appointed to
head the Mossad. Diskin denied the claim.
“After five years heading the Shin Bet I asked to resign… It was
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu who asked me to stay for a sixth
year,” he argued. “We held several meetings about it, and Netanyahu
explained to me how important it was for me to stay on the job
because it was expected to be a ‘fateful year’ regarding the
Palestinian issue.” (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/29/12)
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