Ex-Mossad chief Halevy emerges as one of Israel's few supporters of Iran deal

July 24, 2015 22:38
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Former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy, one of the few prominent Israeli figures willing to speak positively about the nuclear deal struck between the world powers and Iran, told Channel 2 that he did not mind being cited by US Secretary of State John Kerry as part of the Obama administration's public relations campaign in favor of the agreement.

"This is not an agreement that is entirely bad," Halevy told Channel 2 on Friday. "There are positive elements in it."The onetime spymaster implicitly criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's public and vocal opposition to the deal, which in his view has led to a situation whereby "nobody can have a discrete conversation with the Americans."

When asked about Kerry's use of Halevy's quotes to buttress the administration's case, the former Mossad director said: "I was very surprised that Kerry mentioned me, but over the years I've gotten used to having my name mentioned from time to time."

"This agreement has a number of very good elements for Israel, and there are elements that are not as good," he said. "There are some holes, but keep in mind that the Iranian parliament attacked the deal as one that favors the powers."

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