Saturday 16 November 2019

Israeli PM Netanyahu 'scarier than Iran': ex-spy

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was accused by Meir Dagan of being more dangerous than Iran in a speech at a rally in advance of next week's general election in Israel. AFP PHOTO / POOL / GALI TIBBONGALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images
Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was accused by Meir Dagan of being more dangerous than Iran in a speech at a rally in advance of next week's general election in Israel. AFP PHOTO / POOL / GALI TIBBONGALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images

Inna Lazareva

The former head of the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad has delivered an extraordinary assault on prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying his policies had left him fearing for the future of the state.

Meir Dagan accused Mr Netanyahu of being more dangerous than Iran in a speech at a rally in advance of next week's general election, which has the combative prime minister fighting for his political life.

"Israel is a country surrounded by enemies, but the enemies do not scare me," he said.

"I am scared of our leadership, by the absence of vision and the loss of a path, the loss of determination. By the hesitance and the impasse. And, above all, I am scared by the crisis of leadership, which is the worst there has ever been until today."

Mr Dagan's attack was the culmination of a weeks-long campaign of criticism from the security establishment.

They have challenged his hard-line approach to the West's negotiations on Iran's nuclear deal and for his failure to make progress on the Palestinian issue. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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