Yuval Diskin
Photo: Noam Moskowitz
Ex-Shin Bet chief slams Bibi, Barak
Yuval Diskin says prime minister, defense minister not fit to stand at helm of Israeli government. 'If we don’t come to our senses soon, we might be in a worse-off situation,' he cautions

Former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin on Friday leveled harsh criticism at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, saying "I have not trust in the current Israeli leadership."


Speaking at a conference in central Israel, Diskin said: "I don't trust a leadership that relies on messianic leadership. Our two messiahs from Caesarea and from the Akirov Towers are not fit to stand at the helm of the government."


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The former Shin bet chief slammed the Netanyahu and Barak over the Iranian nuclear program, saying that they "present the public with a mirage.


"If Israel acts against the Iranian nuclear bomb, the attack will encourage the Iranians to produce a bomb even faster," he noted.


נתניהו וברק. "אסד שרד למרות דברי שר הביטחון" (צילום: AFP) 

'The messiah from Akirov towers.' Barak (Photo: AFP)


Diskin also noted that peace with Jordan and Egypt was made by leaders who actually wanted peace: "Netanyahu knows that if he makes a small gesture toward the Palestinians, his coalition will fall apart.


"If we don’t come to our senses soon," he warned, "When (Palestinian President) Abbas steps down in a year or two, we might be in a worse-off situation."


Commenting on internal tensions in the Israeli society, Diskin cautioned that the "phenomenon of Rabin's murder might repeat itself.


"There are dozens of Jews in the territories and in Israel that are willing to use firearms against other Jews.


"Some of those living in Judea and Samaria don’t believe in change," he said in reference to the ongoing tension between settlers and security forces.






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