'US has more leeway to conduct 'bin Laden-like' operations'

May 11, 2011 20:49

The United States has more legal leeway than Israel enabling it to carry out operations like the one which killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan earlier this month, Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) chief Yuval Dsikin said on Wednesday. Diskin made the comment during a lecture at Tel Aviv University.

“In comparison to Israel which is under constant criticism regarding its war on terror, the US can permit itself to launch operations like these without facing a trial afterwards,” Diskin said.  “The Americans can influence international courts. Israel has more difficulty doing so.”

Last week, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s military secretary had to back out of a visit to England out of fear that he would be arrested for his involvement in Operation Cast Lead two years ago.

Diskin also said that while terrorist attacks are down in recent years, Palestinian terrorist groups are still motivated. He said that the Shin Bet foiled over 100 attacks, including suicide bombings, in recent years against Israeli targets.

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