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Dubai police chief Lt.-Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim was eager to comment Sunday on the recent shakeup in the Mossad's leadership.
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In an interview with the Emirati newspaper Gulf News which was cited by Army Radio, Tamim said that Meir Dagan was pressed to leave his job as Mossad chief because "the Mossad certainly does not accept losers."
Tamim was referring to the suspected Mossad hit of senior Hamas operative Mahmoud al-Mabhouh and the subsequent international fallout generated by the use of stolen identities and forged passports by the alleged members of the assassination team.
Meir Dagan’s tenure as head of the Mossad is likely to end in the coming months,
reportedly in wake of the international criticism that Israel suffered following
the January assassination of Hamas archterrorist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in
Dagan, a former IDF general, was appointed head of the Mossad in
2002 by then-prime minister Ariel Sharon. During his eight-year tenure, the
Mossad has been attributed with assassinating Hizbullah’s military chief in
Damascus, a top Syrian general in Tartus as well as a number of top Iranian
While according to the Channel 2 report Dagan asked for an extension,
the Prime Minister's Office issued a statement Saturday night saying
that Dagan never requested an extension. "The prime minister decided
last year to extend the head of the Mossad's tenure by a year. Since
then no additional decision has been made," the statement said.
When Sharon appointed him to the post, Dagan decided
to focus the Mossad’s work on stopping Iran’s nuclear program as well as
against global terrorism. He has been credited with restoring the
relevance to the global war on terrorism and, according to foreign
Mossad has in recent years succeeded in sabotaging and thereby delaying
The decision to end Dagan’s tenure was reported first
night on Channel 2 News, which also claimed that Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu planned to appoint his successor from within the Mossad’s