POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Israel’s Army Chief of Staff, the Commander-in-Chief of the Air Force, the heads of the two main intelligence agencies, the Mossad (Israel’s C.I.A.) and Shin Bet (its F.B.I.), President Shimon Peres, and members of Netanyahu’s cabinet have made plain their opposition to a unilateral Israeli strike against Iran

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 12, 2012

Many Israeli leaders believe Netanyahu is wrong about Iran … and he is dangerous for Israel … LMW: his behavior towards President Obama and the United States is despicable

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 David Remnick writes in The New Yorker (9/3/12) …

  • Since early last year, Israelis have witnessed a dissidence of a variety almost unknown since the founding of the state.
  • Even as Netanyahu and his Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, routinely speak of an imminent “existential threat” from Teheran, comparable to that of the Nazis in 1939, a growing number of leading intelligence and military officials, active and retired, have made plain their opposition to a unilateral Israeli strike.
    • They include the Army Chief of Staff, the Commander-in-Chief of the Air Force, the heads of the two main intelligence agencies, the Mossad (Israel’s C.I.A.) and Shin Bet (its F.B.I.), President Shimon Peres, and members of Netanyahu’s cabinet.
  • Recently, the writer met with Meir Dagan, who was the director of the Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations—the Mossad—from 2002 until January, 2011.
    • Just days before stepping down as director of the Mossad, Dagan began what amounted to an extended public denunciation of Netanyahu’s Iran policy.
    • In the months that followed, he became increasingly frank in his opposition to an attack. This was astonishing.

“An Israeli bombing,” Dagan said, “would lead to a regional war

and solve the internal problems of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

It would galvanize Iranian society behind the leadership and create unity

around the nuclear issue. And it would justify Iran in rebuilding

its nuclear project and saying,

‘Look, see, we were attacked by the Zionist enemy

and we clearly need to have it.’

  • Dagan’s view that a unilateral Israeli strike would intensify, not diminish, the danger posed by Iran is now the general view of the dissident politicians and security chiefs.
  • Dagan believes that the West and Israel should do all they can to foment regime change in Iran by supporting the Iranian opposition

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/09/03/120903fa_fact_remnick

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