AFTER LOSING HER LEADERSHIP spot in Kadima, today Tzipi Livni resigned from the Israeli Parliament, vowing to fight on for Israel.
[...] “I was by Ariel Sharon’s side on the day it was decided to form Kadima. It was founded in aim to create a government of hope and responsibility.”
Ms Livni said she did not regret decisions which might have led to her losing the leadership, saying she was not “sorry for not backing down in the face of political blackmail – even when the price was being in the government – and for not willing to sell the country to the ultra-Orthodox”. “And I’m definitely not sorry for the main issue I promoted. Even if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict isn’t in vogue right now, there’s an urgent need to reach a permanent agreement with the Palestinians as well as with the Arab world,” she added.
Livni went on to say that it didn’t “take a Shin Bet chief to know that” burying your head in the sand won’t work in politics, referring to the former head of Israel’s internal security agency who has criticized Netanyahu for his obsession with Iran’s nuclear program and his counterproductive Middle East policies.
The reference was to the scathing criticism from Yuval Diskin, former head of Shin Bet, who follows Mossad’s Meir Dagan who has said that Netanhayu’s bravado of bombing Iran is “the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard,” which of course it is.
The former head of Shin Bet minced no words. “I have no faith in the current leadership of the State of Israel, which is supposed to lead us in the event of a major event, such as a war with Iran or a regional war,” Yuval Diskin told a group of retired security officials on Friday, in a restaurant north of Tel Aviv. Diskin, who stepped down a year ago as head of Israel’s internal security apparatus, was apparently videotaped by at least one of the attendees and excerpts appeared in Israeli media over the weekend. “I have no faith in either the prime minister or the defense minister,” he added, referring to Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak, respectively. “I am very mistrustful of a leadership that makes decisions based on messianic senses…. I’ve seen them from up close. They’re not messiahs, either of them, and they are not people whom I, on a personal level at least, trust to lead the State of Israel into an event of that scale and also to extricate Israel from it. I am very worried that they are not the people whom I truly would want to be at the helm when we set out on an endeavor of that sort.”
Diskin’s pronouncements were a bombshell in the Israeli media, coming after a string of similar public pronouncements from the previous chief of Mossad Meir Dagan, whose former agency is charged with doing overseas what Diskin’s does at home. Dagan, who left office last year, stopped short of Diskin’s indictments of the judgment of Netanyahu and Barak. But he has repeatedly called the duo’s threats to bomb Iran “the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.” The former spymaster, under whom Mossad carried out an ambitious espionage campaign against Tehran’s nuclear program, warned that a military strike would ignite a regional war that could go on for years.