Meir Dagan
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Ex-Mossad chief stripped of diplomatic passport
Prime Minister's Office orders Meir Dagan to surrender diplomatic passport immediately. Senior officials of his level usually allowed to keep passport pending due expiration

Payback? Former Mossad Chief Meir Dagan was ordered to surrender his diplomatic passport without delay, Channel 2 reported Sunday.


It is customary for high-ranking officials who leave office to keep their diplomatic passport until it expiries naturally.



The report hedged that the somewhat urgent request might indicate a desire "to get even" with Dagan, whose recent public comments about Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, did not go over well with Israel's top political echelon.


A diplomatic passport, by nature, grants its owner certain mitigation while traveling overseas, as well diplomatic immunity to some extent.


Dagan reportedly asked to use the passport for several scheduled trips, but was refused.


The Prime Minister's Office said that the request from Dagan was made according to protocol, further adding that "contrary to Channel 2's report, the Foreign Ministry allowed Dagan to keep his passport, in favor of several known trips, after which he will return in.


"According to State protocol, an individual who's term in diplomatic office ends must surrender their diplomatic passport immediately."



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