Meir Dagan launches his biggest attack yet against Prime Minister Netanyahu and Ehud Barak, the defense minister, both of whom have been weighing the possibility of striking Iran's nuclear program:
(Dagan) referred to the possibility a future Israeli Air Force attack on Iranian nuclear facilities as "the stupidest thing I have ever heard" during a conference held at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem on Friday.
Dagan emphasized that attacking Iran would be different than Israel's successful air strike on Iraq's nuclear reactor in 1981. Iran has scattered its nuclear facilities in different places around the country, he said, which would make it difficult for Israel to launch an effective attack.
Dagan left office as a critic of the idea, more popular in Military Intelligence and IAF circles (and within Netanyahu's bureau) that Israel could feasibly destroy Iran's nuclear facility from the air. Now he's gone all-out, which suggests to me he's nervous the idea is alive and well, and further, that the damage caused to Iran's nuclear program by the Stuxnet virus -- presumably created under his supervision -- has not been lasting or severe.
Dagan also provided some -- how shall we call it? -- counterintuitive analysis of the Arab revolts sweeping the Middle East:
The former Mossad chief expressed disagreement with the opinions of pundits regarding the uprisings across the Middle East since the beginning of 2011 saying that "there is no tsunami of change in the Middle East."
Maybe Dagan hasn't visited the Middle East lately.
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