Former Director of Mossad (Israel’s secret service) Meir Dagan called Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s 3 March speech (more like pep rally) before Congress “bullsh*t,” in an interview with Israel’s Channel 2.
Dagan, who led Mossad for eight years, is one of Netanyahu’s most prominent critics. He headlined a 10,000-person anti-Netanyahu rally on 7 March.
The ex-Mossad chief’s criticisms extend beyond the simple factual inaccuracy of Netanyahu’s tendency to constantly cry wolf about Iran (and about Iraq before that). His angst is not rooted in progressive ideas, but rather in fear that Netanyahu’s hardline right-wing policies serve as a danger to “the Zionist dream” of settler colonialism. Netanyahu’s policies “will result in a bi-national state,” he warns, as if it were a bad thing to move from a quasi-fascist ethnocratic state based on ethno-religious “purity” to one truly based on democracy, pluralism, and equality for all citizens, regardless of race, ethnicity, or religion.