Defense Minister Ehud Barak criticized former Mossad chief Meir Dagan on Monday, saying his recommendation against attacking Iran was a serious offense, and could likely jeopardize Israel's deterrence capabilities, Army Radio reported.
to Barak, several options for action against Iran remain open, and
Israel's discretion on the matter is key in maintaining optimum
Ometz calls on A-G to probe Dagan on espionage charges
Hershkowitz suggests legal action against Dagan
defense minister did tell Israel Radio, however, that Israel has made
no decision to strike Iran or any of its nuclear reactors.
Also on Monday, former Mossad chief Shabtai Shavit also spoke out against Dagan and former IDF chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi's statements.
"I believe and always have believed that sensitive information must not
be used without permission from those who appointed us to our position
because it is their information [to disclose]," Shavit said at the
Annual Conference of the Maritime Organization.
Barak criticized Dagan's behavior, other parties have demanded that
legal action be taken against the former Mossad head, saying his comment
that an Israeli attack on Iran won't stop its nuclear march classified
as a serious national security breach.
In Sunday's cabinet meeting Science and Technology Minister Daniel Herschkowitz demanded that Dagan stand trial.
The government watchdog Ometz went a step further Sunday, sending a letter to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein
with a request that he launch an investigation to determine whether Dagan’s statements constituted a violation of the Penal Law.
to Ometz, Dagan is suspected of having violated article 113 –
aggravated espionage, article 117 – disclosure in breach of duty,
article 118 – disclosure in breach of contract, article 119 – disclosure
in breach of trust and article 496 – disclosure of a professional
secret. Ron Friedman contributed to this report.