The Most Important Thing the Mossad's Meir Dagan Has Said

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Meir Dagan, the recently-retired head of the Mossad, has stated that he was partly responsible for putting the brakes on Prime Minister Netanyahu's desire to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities, a desire he allegedly shares with his defense minister, Ehud Barak. But Dagan, as well as the former IDF chief of staff, Gabi Ashkenazi, are gone from power, and Dagan has stated, "Now I am afraid that there is no one to stop Bibi and Barak."

Dagan's warnings are the subject of my latest column at Bloomberg View. And to understand the column, it's best to read this piece I wrote for The Atlantic last year.

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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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