Dagan retracts quote that attacking Iran is ´stupid´ (JERUSALEM POST) By HERB KEINON 07/06/12)
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Former Mossad head steps away from quote, but does not move away from
the substance of his opposition to military action.
Bombing Iran is not the stupidest idea Meir Dagan has heard after
all, the former Mossad head made clear in an interview in the recent
issue of Lochem magazine, distancing himself from his statement
earlier this year – which was widely circulated to discredit a
possible Israeli military action against Tehran.
“This was a miserable quote that was said absentmindedly, not in
public, and which someone quotes all the time,” Dagan said in the
magazine for disabled IDF veterans. “Let’s set the record straight. I
think the Iranian nuclear capacity is a threat with strategic
implications for Israel.
I know the air force well enough to know that it will perform
successfully any task entrusted to it.”
While stepping away from that particular quote, Dagan did not however
move away from the substance of his opposition to military action.
“I do see a nuclear Iran as a problem,” he said. “If I believed that
a military attack would solve the problem, believe me, I would be in
If I thought that an attack would stop the nuclear program, I would
be in favor. But what can you do, an attack cannot stop the nuclear
program – it can only delay it for a period of time.”
Dagan, repeating what he has been saying for months about the
military option, said it was necessary for Israel to always consider
what would happen the day after an attack, and that this was a
discussion that should take place before – not after – military
action. He added that he thought the cost of such an assault would be
greater than the benefit.
He dismissed, however, the notion that Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu was using the Iranian threat to divert the public’s
attention from issues such as the social protests and the African
migrants. “I do not agree with the defense minister and prime
minister [on Iran], but I do not think they are that cynical,” Dagan
said. “I believe that when the prime minister raises the Iranian
issue he is substantively very concerned about Israel’s security, and
I do not link that with any other event.” (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem
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