Dagan, Erdan trade barbs over Diskin comments (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV KATZ, JPOST.COM STAFF 04/30/12)
JERUSALEM POST Articles-Index-Top
Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan and Environmental Protection Minister
Gilad Erdan traded barbs on Sunday during a heated panel at the
Jerusalem Post Conference in New York.
During the panel, the discussion turned to comments made by former
Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) director Yuval Diskin, who said
last weekend that he has no confidence in Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak to conduct a war.
Erdan criticized Diskin, saying that "In order to save Israel,
[Diskin] should have resigned, instead of waiting five years and
making his comments."
Dagan, who earlier on Sunday on the sidelines of the conference
expressed his support of Diskin, saying he was a serious man and
spoke his own "internal truth."
"Don´t hide behind theories or things that Yuval Diskin said," Erdan
retorted. "You said he´s a serious guy. How can a serious guy say
that ´[Netanyahu and Barak] are not the messiah.´ Who said they´re
Erdan then claimed that Diskin decided to speak out against Netanyahu
because the person he wanted to succeed him was not given the post.
"You are a liar," Dagan responded.
Former IDF chief of staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi also defended
Diskin on Sunday at the conference.
"I know Diskin and he spoke what was on his heart out of genuine
concern," Ashkenazi said on the sidelines of the conference.
Speaking at a conference Friday, Diskin said Barak and Netanyahu are
are guided by “messianic” impulses and are lying about the projected
effectiveness of an Israeli strike on Iran.
“There’s a false image being presented to public and that’s what
bothers me,” Diskin said, speaking to the small Majdi Forum in Kfar
“They [Netanyahu and Barak] are giving the sense that if Israel
doesn’t act, Iran will have nuclear weapons. This part of the
sentence apparently has an element of truth. But in the second part
of the sentence, they turn to the – sorry for the expression –
the ‘stupid public’ or the layman public... and tell them if Israel
acts, there won’t be [an Iranian] nuclear program. And that’s the
incorrect part of the sentence,” Diskin said.
The former Shin Bet chief came under heavy criticism once the remarks
were picked up by the media, with sources close to Barak and
Netanyahu accusing him of being bitter after he was not chosen to
head the Mossad.
Dagan too has come under fire for criticizing the current
leadership´s approach to the Iranian threat, reportedly saying last
year that an attack on Iran´s nuclear reactors "would be foolish."
“Anyone attacking Iran needs to understand that it could start a
regional war which will include missile fire from Iran and Hezbollah
in Lebanon. The Iranian problem must be made an international
problem, and we must continue to work to delay the nuclear program,”
he said. Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report. (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 04/30/12)
Return to Top
MATERIAL REPRODUCED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY