Meir Dagan 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan, who has downplayed the urgency of the Iranian
nuclear threat, played up the threat posed to Israel by its own political system
in an interview last week with The Jerusalem Post.
“I believe our system
is reaching a point where the government is almost incapable of running the
country," Dagan warned. “We are on the edge of – I would not say a disaster
because that is a bit exaggerated – but we are facing a very bad prognosis of
what will happen in the future.”
Dagan formed an organization in November
that is trying to obtain one million signatures from Israeli citizens supporting
changing the system.
The organization hopes to use the petition to
pressure the government to take action before the next general
Although Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu celebrated three
years since his government’s formation last Saturday, Dagan said the tenure of
Israeli governments was usually two years.
“The power has been shifted
from the majority to the minority because [ruling parties] are forced to create
coalition governments,” he said.
“National priorities are decided by the
small parties who are establishing the coalition and not the majority. Anyone
who is working and paying taxes and serves in the military is not receiving any
support from the government, while everyone who is not working, not paying taxes
and not serving in the military is receiving everything.”
Asked how and
when such problems could be changed, he said he would do everything in his power
to fix them as soon as possible.
Dagan complained about the large number
of ministers and deputy minister, noting that Defense Minister Ehud Barak's
party had five MKs and four ministers.
“Do you think that we are able,
for a very long time, to maintain a government that has 28 ministers?” Dagan
complained that solutions were not provided to the problems raised by last
summer’s socioeconomic protesters, due to the limitations the political system
imposes on the country's leaders.
“I think that the role of the prime
minister should be defended,” he said. “We should allow prime minister to
maintain their political line and try to achieve their goals. Now we are seeing
[prime ministers forced to] compromise on a compromise on a compromise and what
Dagan ruled out entering politics. He complained about the current
law that bars former IDF and intelligence chiefs from entering politics for
three years following their retirement from service, saying that he did not
expect that law to be changed because that would go against the interests of the
“We have a right to be killed for the government, we can lead
hundreds of thousands of people into war, but we are not allowed to be elected,”
Dagan said.Meir Dagan will discuss the Iranian nuclear threat at the first annual Jerusalem Post Conference in New York on April 29.
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