Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warmly eulogized former Mossad head Meir Dagan, who died Thursday morning as a “courageous fighter and commander who contributed greatly to Israel's security.”
Netanyahu, whose policies on Iran and the Palestinians Dagan was sharply critical of in recent years, made mention of a picture Dagan had in his office of an elderly bearded Jew draped in a prayer shawl kneeling down in front of two Nazi soldiers with fists in the air. That man was Dagan's grandfather.
“The picture of his grandfather humiliated by the Nazis, just a short time before he was murdered in the Holocaust, was always in front of his eyes,” Netanyahu said.
“Meir was determined to ensure that the Jewish people would never be without strength or protection, and dedicated his life to ensuring the strength of the state of Israel. In the eight years that he was the head of the Mossad he led the organization on on courageous, groundbreaking missions that crossed borders. A great fighter has left us, may his memory be blessed.”