Strategic ties between Jerusalem and Washington have been slowly changing since the conclusion of the Cold War, Mossad chief Meir Dagan told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Tuesday.

"Bit by bit, Israel is becoming less of a strategic asset for America," Dagan said in his meeting with committee.


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The Mossad chief indicated as well that the US views the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a lower priority after determining that neither side is ready for an agreement.

According to Israel Radio, Dagan also surmised that the Iranian uranium fuel-swap deal brokered by Brazil and Turkey was designed to avert the sanctions proposal currently in front of the UN Security Council. Iran's effort to avert sanctions was influenced by a lack of progress in the development of its centrifuge program the intelligence chief reported.

The Iranians "pulled a rabbit out of their hat to split the international community at the last moment," Israel Radio quoted Dagan as saying.


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