JERUSALEM — A former Israeli spymaster has branded the country’s leaders unfit to tackle the Iranian nuclear programme and “messianic” in the strongest criticism from a security veteran of threats to launch a pre-emptive war.
Other veterans have come out against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak.
But the censure from Yuval Diskin, who retired as head of the Shin Bet domestic intelligence service last year, was especially strong and unusual in using the language of religious fervour that Israelis associate with Islamist foes.
“I have no faith in the prime minister, nor in the defence minister,” Diskin said in remarks broadcast by Israeli media on Saturday. “I really don’t have faith in a leadership that makes decisions out of messianic feelings.”
The Prime Minister’s Office and Defence Ministry had no immediate response to Diskin’s remarks. But Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman rebuked Diskin and questioned his…
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