Friday, May 13, 2011
Meir Dagan, Israel’s recently retired intelligence chief who spent eight years trying to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program, has declared a military strike against that contentious project “is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.”
Dagan’s comments Sunday during a symposium on regional strategy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the first time he has publicly opposed military action against Iran, challenged hard-line Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
That has made it more difficult for Netanyahu to press the case for an attack with his own Cabinet, with Washington or with the Israeli public.
Dagan’s broadside also sharpened a simmering national debate on whether Israel should take pre-emptive military action to prevent Iran acquiring nuclear weapons at a time when the Islamic Republic is seeking to extend its influence across the Middle East.
This article was posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 at 7:25 am