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Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan kicked off a new movement calling for changes in
the political system Wednesday by warning that the current system could result
in faulty decision- making on key issues, including Iran.
cannot run for the next Knesset due to a three year cooling-off period for
former top-security officials, spoke about the vision of his new movement called
“Yesh Sikui” (“There is a Chance”) at its founding conference at Tel Aviv’s Beit
Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People.
“We must demand that when the
prime minister is making fateful strategic decisions, such as action against
Iran, he will not give in to – or have his hand forced – by political pressure,”
Yesh Sikui will conduct a massive advertising campaign
nationwide in an effort to push changing the political system to the top of the
national agenda. The organization includes several top academics and
Dagan said he would push for raising the threshold of
votes needed for a party to reach the Knesset to 3 percent, having 50% of MKs
elected in regional elections, and making it mandatory that the prime minister
be from the party that receives the most votes in the election.
former Mossad chief also decried the large number of ministers and deputy
ministers in the current government, saying the maximum should be
“The state of Israel faces great challenges, some of them from
within,” Dagan said. “There are impossible chasms and divisions into sectors
that enable minority and pressure groups to control the state, while the
majority is not heard and has no way of implementing its agenda.”
leaving the Mossad last year, Dagan has repeatedly criticized Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu’s policies, especially on Iran.
Channel 10 reported
that Kadima leadership candidate Shaul Mofaz has promised Dagan that he would
appoint him to be defense minister if he is elected prime minister. Dagan
and Mofaz share the same political strategist and the same views on how to
reform the political system.
Mofaz’s spokesman would not confirm the