(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan over the weekend stated that an Israeli airstrike on Iran's nuclear reactors would be "a silly idea that would not grant any advantage." Dagan, making his first public appearance since recently stepping down as Mossad chief, made the comments at a leadership and security conference at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
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"Whoever attacks Iran must understand that he may start a regional war in which missiles from Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon will be fired. The Iranian problem must be made an international problem and we must continue to act to delay the development of Iran's nuclear capabilities," Dagan said.
Dagan downplayed the significance of protests throughout the Arab world,
particularly Egypt, saying Cairo had merely seen a "change of leaders
and not a revolution."
Dagan said that the same elite would continue to rule over Egypt and
that the chances that the Muslim Brotherhood would take power were
minimal. He added that, although the usual anti-Semitic rhetoric would
probably continue, there would be no major change in relations with
Israel because the Egyptian leadership understands that a change would
go against Cairo's economic and other interests.
The former Mossad chief said that the so-called "tsunami" in the Middle
East, was actually giving expression to historic rifts in Arab society.
He added, however, that a certain barrier of fear had been broken and
that it was no longer possible to hide events taking place in the
Dagan saw the possible ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad as a
positive step for Israel, given the Alawite leader's cooperation with
Hezbolllah and Iran. He did not estimate that Assad would step down
under pressure of anti-regime demonstrations, saying the Syrian leader
and his minority Alawite supporters understood that they had no
alternative but to fight until the death.