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LucyKalei
- 1414 days ago - theguardian.com
In a long interview in biggest-selling Israeli newspaper, Meir Dagan gave trenchant critique of Netanyahu leadership & Iran stance, saying his policies are destructive to the future & security of Israel. He's headlining anti-Bibi Tel Aviv rally March 7



   

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LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 4:49 am

=>The Guardian, Friday 27 February 2015 - "Former Mossad head urges Israeli voters to oust Binyamin Netanyahu":

" .../... Meir Dagan, a vocal critic of Netanyahu’s Iran policy since stepping down as Mossad chief four years ago, is to be a keynote speaker at a rally in Tel Aviv next weekend, calling on the public to turf the prime minister out of office on 17 March.

"In a trenchant critique of Netanyahu’s leadership, delivered in a long interview in Israel’s biggest-selling newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, Dagan said the prime minister’s policies were “destructive to the future and security of Israel”.

"Netanyahu was due to fly to Washington on Friday.

"Netanyahu’s planned speech has brought the already uncomfortable state of relations with the Obama administration to a new low amid suspicion that the speech – at the invitation of Republican house speaker John Boehner – was designed to enhance the Israeli prime minister’s electoral prospects.

"Netanyahu has said he believes that his speech is necessary to strengthen opposition to a potential nuclear deal with Iran being negotiated by the US and key allies.

"The intervention by Dagan – who ended his tenure as the head of Mossad in 2011 – is doubly significant because he shares the prime minister’s view over the risk posed by a nuclear Iran and is regarded as generally hawkish on defence and security matters.

"Netanyahu has made security and the Iranian nuclear programme – and the US-led negotiations to contain it – his key election issue.

.../... "

=> Haaretz, Feb. 27, 2015 - "Ex-Mossad chief Meir Dagan to headline anti-Netanyahu rally" - "Dagan, who called Netanyahu's policies 'destructive to the future and security of Israel,' will speak at rally demanding regime change at Tel Aviv's Rabin Square" on March 7th

"Former Mossad head Meir Dagan will be the keynote speaker at a rally demanding regime change which is planned for Tel Aviv's Rabin Square on March 7.

"Sponsored by the Million Hands grassroots campaign and other social movements, the rally will take place under the banner "Israel wants change."

"Dagan sharply criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a recent statement, saying that he "senses that the continuation of the Zionist dream is in danger" under Netanyahu's leadership.

" "As someone who has served Israel in various security capacities for 45 years, including during the country's most difficult hours, I feel that we are now at a critical point regarding our existence and our security," Dagan said.

"I have no personal issue with the prime minister, his wife, his spending and the way he conducts himself – I'm talking about the country he leads.

""As someone who has raised his children here, and now his grandchildren, and as someone who believes in all his heart in the Zionist dream – I sense a danger to the continuation of that dream – and for that reason I will speak."

"The organizers of the rally wrote on Facebook that "after six years of failure, we demand that hope be returned; the hope for a better life in the state of Israel. It depends on us. Let's fill the square and together shout: "Israel needs change – the nation demands that the leadership be changed."

"Another Facebook page, calling itself Being Counted for the Security of Israel, released a video this week featuring former security services commanders calling for regime change. Among those appearing in the vide were former Mossad head Shabtai Shavit, Amiram Levin, former head of the elite Sayeret Matkal unit, and others. .../..."

NB. I was unable to find this video or the Facebook pages mentioned by Haaretz despite extensive searching on FB - perhaps they are in Hebrew, not English.
 

Elfje Muse (98)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 7:46 am
Thank you for sharing
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 7:51 am

"The intervention by Dagan," as the Guardian writes, "is doubly significant because he shares the prime minister’s view over the risk posed by a nuclear Iran and is regarded as generally hawkish on defence and security matters."

This is the 2nd time (to my knowledge) that Mossad-related criticism of Netanyahu has surfaced in the mainstream press, the 1st being the discrepancy between Mossad's assessment of the Iranian risk and the PM's, meaning he preferred to misinform Israelis & the UN alike, with his pretense of the necessity for a warmongering stance (Leaked Cables Show Netanyahu's Iran Bomb Claim Contradicted By Mossad ~ TEXT and VIDEO), quite reminiscent of the falsehoods spread by Bush administration lackeys, within the shocked-&-awed US, of course, but also at the UN.

And with the anti-Netanyahu rally to be held at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv next weekend, March 7th, organized by a grassroots campaign with Dagan featuring as the keynote speaker, it looks like both the Israeli right & left are joining together to get rid of Bibi!

There has been a series of critical articles in Israeli mainstream media, reporting on studies and/or reports that have recently come out, demonstrating both misconduct or 'improprieties' (amazing overspending for living costs at both official & private residences) & mistaken priorities (money for colonies, but not for housing crisis hitting everyday middle-class Israelis):

February 25, 2015 - In response to damning housing report, Netanyahu demands Israelis think about Iran: "What do you do when facing backlash from all sides of the political spectrum? Blame it on the Ayatollah." -

"A much-anticipated housing report published Wednesday evening by State Comptroller Yosef Shapira blamed the Netanyahu government for failing to properly deal with the rising costs of housing in Israel. According to Shapira, poor government planning and disregard for the middle class played key roles in creating the current severe housing crisis in Israel, which could lead to the disappearance of the middle class and eventually have a devastating impact on the entire economy, he says. Netanyahu’s failure, says the report, mainly stems from the lack of any long-term strategy to ameliorate the housing situation in the country.

"Immediately after the report was published, Netanyahu hit Twitter to strike back at critics of his policies. Only instead of trying to explain or defend his abysmal record on housing, the prime minister eschewed any real discussion, instead opting for — once again — warning about the threat of a nuclear Iran.
.../...
But Netanyahu’s pithy response didn’t go unanswered, with both journalists and public figures lambasting the prime minister for what seems like pure contempt for any form of criticism. Manuel Trajtenberg, who was appointed by Netanyahu in 2011 to head a committee that would recommend measures to overcome the 2011 social justice protests, and who is number 11 on the Zionist Camp list for the upcoming elections, responded to the prime minister on Twitter:

“For six years you deserted the Israeli public in a devastating economic reality. If you solve Iran like you solved housing, we won’t be here in six years.”

.../..."

Haaretz, 27 Feb - Herzog: Netanyahu's government spent billions on settlements instead of solving housing crisis "Zionist Union leader and Netanyahu's main rival lashes out at prime minister, calls on him not to speak to Congress in March"

The Times of Israel, 17 Feb Bombshell report details excessive spending by prime minister - "Political firestorm as comptroller says the Netanyahus spent too much on food (take-out & catered, despite tax-payer-paid full-time cook on staff), cleaning at homes in Jerusalem (official PM residence), Caesarea (private vacation home); finds faulty administrative practices"

Haaretz, 26 Feb - "Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided on Thursday to open a probe into the use of state resources at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official and private residences, but only after the March 17 Knesset election."

Haaretz, Feb 17 - Comptroller report: Netanyahu residence wasted public funds on unnecessary expenses - "The prime minister's residences indulged in exorbitant cleaning, makeup and electrician expenses from 2009 to 2013 under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, State Comptroller Joseph Shapira said Tuesday in a long-awaited report. .../... According to the report, spending on food and entertaining at the prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem more than doubled between 2009 and 2011. This includes meals from restaurants or hotels and supermarket groceries. .../... The report also found that employees at the Prime Minister's Office were sometimes forced to pay out of their own pockets for Netanyahu's personal expenses — and were not reimbursed."
......................................................................................................................................................

Just when I was thinking how great it would be Israeli voters threw Bibi out of office, I came across an article by Gideon Levy in today's Haaretz -March 1st, 2015- "Netanyahu's electoral defeat won't redeem Israel" - "Let's stop using the pitchforks on the prime minister-- much less will change than expected if the center-left takes power.":

".../... He’s the devil incarnate. Every detail of his repellent behavior is portrayed as a crime and national calamity – just give us more examples like the misappropriation of garden furniture or the pocketing of bottle-deposit money, and we’ll show you the devil living at the prime minister’s residence.

Yes, Netanyahu is a bad prime minister, though not much worse, if that, than most of his predecessors.../...

How easy it is to ascribe everything to him. How convenient it is to pin all the ills of this country and society on his imperious image with his glued hair and fake pathos, believing that it’s not us, it’s him. .../...

This of course is the easy way to deal with problems, typical of a society in denial. He’s the “illegal outposts” whose removal will end the occupation. He’s like Yasser Arafat was; if only he were gone, peace would prevail. If only we get rid of Netanyahu, all will be well.

This is laughable when considering Netanyahu's rivals Herzog, Tzipi Livni, Yair Lapid and Moshe Kahlon..../...
.../...
Israeli analysts, who never step outside the consensus of the herd, will compete over who shoots better barbs at him and who better describes the “historic” damage his speech will cause U.S.-Israeli relations. But soon a new squadron of the latest fighter jets will land here, supplied by the United States to Netanyahu’s Israel so it can bomb Gaza once again. "

(if you can't get the whole article on Haaretz, it's very simple to sign up for 10 free articles/month)
 

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 12:09 pm
10 articles? I think it is 6, Lucy ....

There's a lot of sense in these articles - especially Levy's. I suspect that we'll still see hawkish policies, people will only slip slightly towards centre in their voting if they decide to dump Yahu

Thanks for posting - against great struggles!!!!
 

fly bird (26)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 4:12 pm
Noted, thanks, Lucy.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 3, 2015, 4:43 am
Why would Islamist supporters and Arab propagandists posting all sorts of lies about Israel and accusing it in all sins would suddenly support something a former head of Mossad said? Is what he said good or bad for Israel? Just wondering...
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Tuesday March 3, 2015, 7:52 am
One must assume that a former head of Mossad has Israel's best interests at heart. As do the former Shin Bet chiefs who agreed to testify in an incredible documentary, "The Gatekeepers," a few years ago. They wouldn't have done so if they hadn't deeply felt that Israeli leaders were not taking the country in the right direction, in terms of dealing properly with the Palestinian conflict & the Occupied Territories. The film had substantial impact on those who saw it, me included.

At the time it came out, I posted the Democracy Now! coverage, a discussion between Amy Goodman and director Dror Moreh, that includes clips from the film. Goodman introduced the subject as a "stunning Oscar-nominated documentary, "The Gatekeepers," [that] ... brings together six former heads of Israel’s internal security agency, the Shin Bet, collectively speaking out for the first time ever. They detail their methods against Palestinian militants and civilians in the Occupied Territories, including targeted killings, torture, recruiting informants, and the suppression of mass protests during two intifadas. But in doing so, they also criticize the occupation they were assigned with defending and warn that successive Israeli governments have ENDANGERED their country’s future by REFUSING to make peace. "We are making the lives of millions unbearable, into prolonged human suffering, [and] it kills me," Carmi Gillon says in the film. "[We’ve become] a brutal occupation force similar to the Germans in World War II," adds Avraham Shalom." (http://www.democracynow.org/2013/1/29/the_gatekeepers_in_new_film_ex)

Peace is 'good' for all concerned: that's the point!
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 3, 2015, 9:12 am
Noted, thanks
 

fly bird (26)
Tuesday March 3, 2015, 7:57 pm
Just in time for The Speech, Dena Takruri skewers Netanyahu in this zinger of a video:
5 Things Benjamin Netanyahu Won't Tell Congress

http://youtu.be/KYhRk1KxyWU

"It’s not about nukes, it’s about the US shifting the power balance — Parsi"





Covering lots of quick paced territory, Takruri mentions the recent leaked intelligence files, Netanyahu testifying before Congress in the runup to our invasion of Iraq, the omission of the fact that Israel has nukes, and a fun clip of WH press secretary Josh Earnest calling out Netanyahu. The zinger, (2:42) “It’s not about the nukes” comes when she interviews Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council, querying why Netanyahu was so dead set on coming to Washington:


Parsi: The nuclear issue never really was the primary concern of the Israelis. Because the nuclear issue is actually getting resolved.

Takruri: What was the issue then?

Parsi: The issue is the geopolitical balance of power in the region; the fear that the United States striking a deal with Iran will legitimize Iran as a regional player and that it will reduce the United States’ commitment to the security of Israel, to the security of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other states that have been traditional allies in the region.

Yep, the balance of power. And if there’s any doubt in your mind this is the truth, this old video from that bastion of neocon analysis, The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) should erase all doubt. Danielle Pletka, AEI‘s Vice President of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, spilled the beans:


The biggest problem for the United States is not Iran getting a nuclear weapon and testing it, it’s Iran getting a nuclear weapon and not using it. Because the second that they have one and they don’t do anything bad, all of the naysayers are going to come back and say, “See, we told you Iran is a responsible power. We told you that Iran wasn’t getting nuclear weapons in order to use them immediately…” And they will eventually define Iran with nuclear weapons as not a problem.

Whoa, now wouldn’t that be scary? And don’t miss AEI defense analyst Thomas Donnelly’s fixation on Iran and the balance of power here. Warmongers, the whole lot of ‘em.''

http://mondoweiss.net/2015/02/shifting-power-balance

ty for posting, LucyKaleido ScopeEyes
 

Justin Vale (13)
Tuesday March 3, 2015, 8:47 pm
this is not the first time the mossad has bowed to the zionist behind the mask. and it won't be the last. everyone knows what's coming. you resist him at your own risk.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Sunday March 8, 2015, 11:28 am
Israeli mass rally calls for replacement of Binyamin Netanyahu - Tens of thousands gather in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square in event led by former Mossad chief calling for prime minister to be replaced in forthcoming elections

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/08/israeli-mass-rally-calls-for-replacement-of-binyamin-netanyahu
 
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