Sources close to Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Saturday responded to former Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) chief Yuval Diskin's criticism of Barak and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, sarcastically saying,  "We welcome his entrance to politics."

Those close to the defense minister said Diskin's attack was politically motivated, adding that it is "embarrassing and saddening to see the weakness, judgement, responsibility, and the low language that Diskin, who served the public for years, was dragged into."

Continuing their counter-attack, the sources said Diskin was acting in a petty, inappropriate manner, and was driven by "personal frustration."

"He is harming the legacy of Shin Bet heads... and the functioning norms and values of the organization," they added.

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