As I suggested in a previous post, Israel is not united behind Prime Minister Netanyahu’s vision of what the Iran deal means for Israel and the broader Middle East. The headline quote is from onetime chief of military intelligence, Israel Defense Forces chief of staff and prime minister Ehud Barak.
The Forward details some of this dissent in a piece published this week.
There’s a deep crack emerging in the veneer of wall-to-wall support offered by Israel’s political leadership to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his war against the Iran nuclear agreement.
The crack has a name you might recognize: the Israeli security establishment. You know — the folks whose job it is to identify and address threats to Israel’s safety. A small but growing group of high-power ex-commanders has been speaking out in media interviews and op-ed essays in the past few days, saying that Netanyahu has got the Iran issue wrong….
Who are these critics? They include a former chief of military intelligence, Amos Yadlin , who now heads Israel’s main defense think tank; a former chief of arms technology, Yitzhak Ben-Yisrael , who now chairs both The Israel Space Agency and the science ministry’s research and development council; a former chief of military operations, Israel Ziv ; a near-legendary architect of Israeli military intelligence, Dov Tamari ; a former director of the Shin Bet domestic security service, Ami Ayalon , and a former director of the Mossad intelligence agency, Efraim Halevy . And there are others.
Given the stakes, I suggest the Iran deal is worth the risks associated with it. We already know the opportunity cost of another war.