Ami Ayalon tells 'Post' he’s not upset Kerry quoted him

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
July 26, 2015 04:16

Former Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) chief Ami Ayalon told The Jerusalem Post on Friday he did not have a problem with US Secretary of State John Kerry using him to defend the Iranian nuclear deal to congressmen in Washington.

Kerry, on Thursday, cited the backing of Ayalon and former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy to indicate that there are respected security figures in Israel who support the deal.

J Street has begun a campaign in support of the agreement that will highlight quotes from Ayalon and Halevy and ignore the fact that polls show close to 80 percent of Jewish Israelis oppose the deal.

“If Kerry quotes what I said I have no problem with it,” Ayalon said. “It’s not black and white. I think the deal is bad. It’s not good, but it is the best plan currently on the table. The government of Israel is not dealing enough with the implications the plan and what has to be done now. The policy of Israel is wrong.”

Israeli politicians attacked Ayalon and Halevy on Friday for helping the Obama administration’s effort to pass the bill in Congress.


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