MK calls for Dagan, Ashkenazi to be subpoenaed over Iran comments

Bayit Yehudi MK Yinon Magal makes call after 'Post' columnist accused former officials of refusing orders from PM to strike Iran in 2010.

June 8, 2015 23:23
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Meir Dagan

FORMER IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi gestures beside former Mossad chief Meir Dagan at 'The Jerusalem Post' Conference in New York.. (photo credit: SIVAN FARAG)


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Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan and ex-IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi must testify to the Knesset about their comments at the Jerusalem Post Conference, MK Yinon Magal (Bayit Yehudi) said Monday.

On Sunday, Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick accused Dagan and Ashkenazi of refusing orders from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to strike Iran in 2010.

“In 2010, according to a report from 2012 on the Israeli news program Uvda, we learned that two of the gentlemen on this panel were given an order to prepare the military for an imminent strike against Iran’s military installations, and they refused,” Glick said.

“Because it was an illegal order,” Dagan responded.

“You were ordered by the security cabinet,” Glick said.

“You were not there, we don’t know what happened there,” Dagan answered.

Ashkenazi said that there was never a decision to attack Iran, and that he does not think it would have been wise to do so.

The former IDF chief of staff called Glick’s accusation “stupid,” later saying he meant “insulting,” and said the military could not prevent an attack if the political rank ordered it.

Magal asked State Control Committee chairwoman Karin Alharar (Yesh Atid) to call Dagan and Ashkenazi, who “apparently refused the prime minister’s orders to prepare to attack Iran,” to a meeting of the panel, which has subpoena power.

Alharar did not respond to the request on Monday.

Michael Wilner contributed to this report.

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