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Minister Begin: Public debate on strike in Iran 'madness'

Member of special security cabinet says 'irresponsible public debate' on Israel's options vis-à-vis Iran impeded government's ability on the matter

Published: 11.02.11, 10:16 / Israel News

Minister Benny Begin (Likud) said Wednesday that the public debate on a possible Israeli strike on Iran was "madness."


Begin, who is a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's special eight-minister security forum said that the debate was "utterly irresponsible" and that it "severely impeded the government's ability to make decisions" on the matter.


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"I fear this kind of irresponsibility, which could lead to similar (behavior) regarding any other government debate. I fear this orchestrated journey by civil servants and the media," he told Army Radio.


Begin hinted to former Mossad Chief Meir Dagan's comments on a possible strike in Iran, saying that they constituted "a dangerous breach of trust, verging on megalomania. It's just despicable."


Civil servants, he added, "Are obligated to protect state secret they were privy to regardless of time. These kind of acts are very severe."




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