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All the War Ducks Getting in a Row: Dagan retracts quote that attacking Iran is ‘stupidest’ thing he ever heard

I agree with Benny Morris.

The Arab Revolts certainly delayed the war some of us have been expecting for the past 2-3 years. Time is finally runing out it seems. From The Jerusalem Post on 6 July

Report by Herb Keinon: “Dagan retracts quote that attacking Iran is ‘stupidest’ thing he ever heard’

Bombing Iran is not the stupidest idea Meir Dagan has heard after all, the former Mosad head, made clear in an interview in the recent issue of Lochem magazine, distancing himself from his statement earlier this year – which was widely circulated to discredit a possible Israeli military action against Tehran.

“This was a miserable quote that was said absentmindedly, not in public, and which someone quotes all the time,” Dagan said in the magazine for disabled IDF veterans. “Let’s set the record straight. I think the Iranian nuclear capacity is a threat with strategic implications for Israel.

I know the air force well enough to know that it will perform successfully any task entrusted to it.”

While stepping away from that particular quote, Dagan did not however move away from the substance of his opposition to military action.

“I do see a nuclear Iran as a problem,” he said. “If I believed that a military attack would solve the problem, believe me, I would be in favour.

If I thought that an attack would stop the nuclear programme, I would be in favour. But what can you do, an attack cannot stop the nuclear programme – it can only delay it for a period of time.”

Dagan, repeating what he has been saying for months about the military option, said it was necessary for Israel to always consider what would happen the day after an attack, and that this was a discussion that should take place before – not after – military action. He added that he thought the cost of such an assault would be greater than the benefit.

He dismissed, however, the notion that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was using the Iranian threat to divert the public’s attention from issues such as the social protests and the African migrants. “I do not agree with the defence minister and prime minister (on Iran), but I do not think they are that cynical,” Dagan said. “I believe that when the prime minister raises the Iranian issue he is substantively very concerned about Israel’s security, and I do not link that with any other event.”

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Written by nickbiddlenoe

July 9, 2012 at 9:01 pm

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