Charles D. Freilich on Iran and Israel

Striking Iran: The Debate in Israel
By Charles D. Freilich
Survival: Global Politics and Strategy

“In recent months Israel’s political and defence leaders have engaged in an unprecedented and vociferous public debate about Iran’s nuclear programme, and about the advisability of an Israeli strike to destroy or delay it. Meir Dagan, the former head of the secret intelligence service Mossad, called an Israeli attack, at this time, ‘the stupidest thing I have ever heard of’, warned that it might ignite a regional war and stated that there was still a window of some three years, while the former head of the internal security agency Shin Bet, Yuval Diskin, stated that he did ‘not trust’ Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s and Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s ‘messianic’ leadership.”

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