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March 12, 2015 12:13 pm

Netanyahu Responds to Criticism, Says ‘Security Cannot be Founded on Delusions’

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the recent wave of criticism directed at him by Meir Dagan, the former head of the Mossad spy agency, in a recent interview with Israel Hayom. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – As Israel’s March 17 election approaches, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the recent wave of criticism directed at him by Meir Dagan, the former head of the Mossad spy agency. In an interview with Israel Hayom published Thursday, Netanyahu said Israel’s security “cannot be founded on delusions.”

Dagan, in a recent interview with Israel’s Channel 2 television network, called it “bulls**t” that Netanyahu told Congress on March 3 that Iran’s breakout time for a nuclear weapon is less than a year. Dagan also disagreed with Netanyahu on the global threat posed by Iranian missiles, saying those missiles “will never be able to hit the United States.” In a subsequent anti-Netanyahu rally in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, Dagan said of the prime minister, “We have a leader who fights only one campaign—the campaign for his own political survival.”

Netanyahu told Israel Hayom, “I don’t understand how Dagan, who cursed me and insulted me, asked twice to serve as Mossad director under me. I approved his first request, and rejected his second, and perhaps as a result of that he is coming after me for personal reasons. Of course I don’t agree with his left-wing agenda. He was wrong when he forecast that the Muslim Brotherhood would not seek the leadership of Egypt. In the end, not only did they seek it, they succeeded in achieving it. My job as prime minister is to lead the country in a sober manner. People who supported [the] Oslo [Accords] haven’t sobered up yet and still believe their own delusions. Security cannot be founded on delusions.”

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“The reality has shifted,” Netanyahu said. “Today, every territory that we evacuate will be taken over by radical Islamists under the auspices of Iran. That is what happened when we pulled out of Lebanon and it is what happened when we evacuated Gaza, and we must not allow it to happen in Judea and Samaria as well. That is why there will not be any evacuations.”

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  • Jack

    While ‘[s]ecurity cannot be founded on delusions’ Oslo was based in hope.
    And while Bebe is trying ‘to lead the country in a sober manner’, he is faced with political opposition on all fronts, kind of like Obama.
    At least he is no foll.
    Benji will not be doing the Neville Chamberlain,….you know….”Peace in our time”.
    At least while it is a delusional reality.
    Bebe knows those apostate kafir Hamas boys are just philosophically Nazis dressed up as…..well,.. psychotic screw ups that hate for the sake of hating.
    That’s all right, cause Dagan is the one who, lets face it, seems a little, (just a tiny wee little), bit neurotic.
    Delusion can be a psychosis or a neurosis.
    Refusing to respect reality is delusional.
    In Israel who should care if those missiles “will never be able to hit the United States”.
    They can hit Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

  • Max Cohen

    I must preface this post by admitting that I am not a fan of the Jewish religion, nor of any other religion, for the simple reason that I fail to witness the hand of God in the affairs of mankind, or of nature. However, I am a fan of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. I am also a long-standing fan of Bibi Netanyahu. I believe that the success of the Jewish people, their State and the continuing political career of Netanyahu are interlocked. As the author of a book on the massive effect of delusion upon philosophy, from Plato to Karl Marx, it cheers me to read that Netanyahu declares that “Security cannot be based on delusion.”
    Whether or not there is a God, the Jewish people seem to have a mission as leaders in the arts and sciences. Now, as humanity must seek a secure path into the Nuclear Era, perhaps Jews will contribute to escape from the ancient prison of delusion.

  • Mike Graham

    Peoples of Israel read Ezekial 38,39 and know that you need to support Prime Minister Netanyahu. God has put him in the Position of Prime Minister at this Critical time of Israel’s History for a reason. Look up for your Redeemtion is Nye. Christian American’s praying and supporting Israel. We are with You as is Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

  • Israel Needs Strong Leaders Global Arena

    A strong leader is not one who gives away but one that builds and advances. Israel needs strong leaders at this time when we should be ready to fight to win. Israel is from the Land of Egypt to Kurdistan and not a parcel should be given away. If the vocal left doesn’t like being in the Middle east they can move to the Americas.

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