Mossad Chief Meir Dagan is to leave his post in three months, Channel 2 news reported on Friday. 

According to the report, Dagan, who has been head of the Mossad for the last eight years, requested to work another year in the role, but was refused.

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Dagan was appointed to the position in 2002 by former prime minister Ariel Sharon.

Since then his appointment has been extended twice and is due to expire at the end of 2010.

The decision not to renew Dagan's appointment is likely related to the fallout from the recent attempt to assassinate
Hamas commander Mahmoud al Mabhouh in Dubai.

A number of states who are normally friendly towards Israel were offended by the use of their passports in the killing. Britain has stopped issuing passports in Tel-Aviv and diplomats were expelled from Britain, Ireland and Australia.


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