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Former Mossad Chief Regrets Calling Strike on Iran ‘a Stupid Idea’

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Former Mossad Director Meir Dagan. Photo: Screenshot via CBS.

Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan has expressed regret over a statement he made last year calling a possible Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear facilities “stupid.” In a recent interview in the Lochem (“Warrior”) magazine, Dagan said he still opposed the idea of Israel’s attacking Iran, but his statement was unfortunate and the result of his being distracted.

Last year, asked what he thought about a potential Israel Air Force attack on nuclear facilities in Iran, Dagan said he thought this was “the stupidest thing I have ever heard.” Dagan said an effective attack on Iran would be difficult because Iranian nuclear facilities were scattered and mobile, and warned that it could trigger war.

Use of the term “stupid” by Dagan prompted Likud Minister Without Portfolio Benny Begin to call Israeli public debate about a possible strike on Iran “reckless abandon.” Begin lashed out at Dagan and said his comments were a “betrayal of trust and an abomination that stem from illusions of grandeur.”

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