Monday, August 10, 2015

Do Senior Israeli Security Officials View Iran as Genocidal?

We have often heard of what Prime Minister Netanyahu says about Iran. But what about the officials charged with looking after the State of Israel's security? What do they say on this topic.
Contrary to Netanyahu, top Israeli security officials don’t believe Iran’s leaders are so fanatically determined to kill Jews that they would launch a nuclear attack that could bring about their own destruction. Meir Dagan, who ran Israel’s external spy agency, the Mossad, from 2002 to 2011, has called the Iranian regime “rational.” Benny Gantz, who led the Israel Defense Forces from 2011 to 2015, has said “the Iranian leadership is composed of very rational people.” Dan Halutz, who led the IDF from 2005 to 2007, believes that “Iran poses a serious threat but not an existential one.” He is joined in that view by another former Mossad chief, Efraim Halevy, who earlier this year argued that “we are not in a Holocaust situation. … I do not believe there is an existential threat to Israel” from Iran. (Peter Beinart, Iran Is Not an 'existential' Threat to Israel No Matter What Netanyahu Claims, Haaretz, August 7, 2015.)

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