Former Mossad Chief Meir Dagan
Photo: Gil Yohanan
Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau
Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg
Science and Technology Minister Daniel Hershkowitz
Photo: Gil Yohanan
Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz
Photo: Gil Yohanan

Ministers: Dagan should shut up

Former Mossad chief's comments receive warm reception from Left but ministers on Right are less enthused

Former Mossad Chief Meir Dagan's comments on Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the Ofer Brothers' scandal are attracting more verbal fire: Addressing Dagan's statements, Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau said Sunday that "There is much to his credit but he failed in the things that he said especially when the State of Israel is trying to create a certain impression towards Iran."


Science and Technology Minister Daniel Hershkowitz went a step further saying that an indictment against former Mossad chief Meir Dagan should be considered.



"If State security has been compromised then the same action that is taken in other cases should be taken here," Hershkowitz said before the weekly government meeting.


He noted that whether the comments were correct or not, they shouldn't have been made. "If someone came out of a cabinet meeting and discussed Israel's capabilities or lack thereof, he would be indicted for compromising national security…His statements harm the people who stood behind him. Perhaps it would have been better to just keep his mouth shut."


Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz also criticized the former Mossad chief: "I remember Dagan at the beginning of his career when he was firmly opposed to the chatter of former defense establishment officers. Practice what you preach, and he should practice."


Last Wednesday Meir Dagan made a surprising move when he came out in support of the Ofer brothers in the Iran shipping venture scandal. He publicly stated that the tycoon never broke the law by docking in Iran.



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