14 Jan '13, 3pm

Former Israeli Security Chief Slams Netanyahu, Barak...Claims Push for Iran Attack Is Ego-Driven

TEL AVIV — Israel’s former Shin Bet security chief has joined a growing list of retired officials publicly critical of what they view as the diplomatically shortsighted, militaristic manner in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are managing the Iranian nuclear threat and Palestinian peace process. In a damning indictment published Jan. 4 in Yediot Ahronot, Israel’s largest daily newspaper, Yuval Diskin describes an opportunistic, ego-driven duo lacking the leadership qualities necessary for steering the ship of state. “My colleagues and I did not have a sense of security in the ability of Netanyahu and Barak to lead an action against Iran,” said the man who served eight years as Shin Bet director under three prime ministers and worked closely in a deputy capacity with another four heads of state. “It’s relatively easy to enter into such...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130114/DEFREG04/3011...

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