Saluting Meir Dagan

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Last week Meir Dagan stepped down after heading Israel’s Mossad since 2002. He turned the reins over to Tamir Pardo, who was Dagan’s deputy for two stints and is seen as ensuring continuity with his tough, results-oriented approach.

Dagan’s parting words on Thursday to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee can only be seen as encouraging. Yossi Melman, a writer on intelligence issues for the Israeli daily Haaretz, reports that Dagan said

Iran was still far from being capable of producing nuclear weapons and that a series of malfunctions had put off its nuclear goal for several years. Therefore, he said, Iran will not get hold of the bomb before 2015 approximately.

That forecast is especially heartening considering earlier Israeli assessments. As Melman notes,

In 2003, Israeli intelligence officials thought Iran would have its first bomb by 2007. In 2007, they thought it would be 2009, and a year later they put it at 2011. Now the date has moved to 2015. These adjustments were not the result of mistaken evaluations, but due to the difficulties Iran has encountered in advancing its program, largely because of the Mossad’s efforts.

And considering that, before 2002, the Mossad had registered some failures—particularly the botched 1996 attempt to assassinate Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal in Amman—and lost its once formidable, legendary status, the restoration of that status is the work of Meir Dagan.

On the day Dagan took over the Mossad, according to the Jerusalem Post’s editorial on his legacy, he “hung a photo on the wall of his office …of an elderly bearded Jew draped in a prayer shawl kneeling down in front of two Nazi soldiers with fists in the air.”

Dagan would tell visitors to “Look at this picture. This man, kneeling down before the Nazis, was my grandfather just before he was murdered. I look at this picture every day and promise that the Holocaust will never happen again.”

As Ronen Bergman, another Israeli writer specializing in security and author of The Secret War with Iran, put it in a 2009 Wall Street Journal op-ed, “The results have been tremendous.”

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  • jgreene

    God Bless Meir Dagan.

  • dawning

    Yes thank God for him and may the man following him be equally resolved

  • Stonefellow

    I suspect that muchiboy is a Jew hating Iranian.

    • Spirit_Of_1683

      Naziboy's a Jew-hating Canadian who claims to originate from Zimbabwe. Any Jew who delays another Holocaust is evil in his eyes, and if the Israelis did succeed in delaying Iran's nuclear project until 2015 at least, then it is a certainty that Naziboy will be on antidepressants by then.

    • MixMChess

      Muchiboy AKA Ronald Grant is a Corrections Officer in Hamilton/Ontario who enjoys bashing Israel, Jews and long walks on the beach. He also served in the racist Rhodesian army, no doubt he carries much guilt from his own immorality and acts of inhumanity.

  • Lady_dr

    The author and subject of this article are to be thanked for their outstanding work.

    As to muchiboy – well there is an occupation of Israel – by the so-called "Palestinians" . They are the occupiers, and ought to be grateful they live where they do. Living in Israel, east or west of the green line they can participate in a vibrant economy, get an education (for girls as well), and they have access to all sorts of opportunities in every realm which are not available or forbidden in most Islamic counties. SO if they think the Islamic world is so great I encourage them to leave. I hear Saudi Arabia just loves fundamentalist and has a lot of empty space. I especially urge the boy, muchiboy, to leave if he is in Israel.

    • New Yorker

      Muchiboy is impervious to reason and facts. It does not matter what you say to the contrary of his position – it won't change; might as well hold an intelligent argument with J. Goebbels. Muchiboy is his faithful disciple.

    • MixMChess

      Muchiboy AKA Ronald Grant is a racist Corrections Officer from Hamilton/Ontario Canada. He regularly goes out of his way to defame Jews and simply uses Israel and the Palestinian cause as a platform to project his antisemitism. You'll notice in his post how he tries to make all diaspora Jews culpable for any supposed Palestinian suffering, no doubt in the hopes that he can justify the outright murder of Jews worldwide. Hopefully the ADL or some other local officials will investigate this blatant antisemite.

  • wind77

    There has never been an Israeli holocaust of Palestinians. They could have accepted the partition in 1947/8 but refused a state for themselves. They should not have tried to destroy the Jews of Israel and they should not have listened to their leaders who advocated that they get out of the way so that the Arab armies could do the job of killing the Jews for them.

  • MixMChess

    "Except that Zionism and Israel,really the Jewish Diaspora,are responsible for the Nakba,the Palestinian Holocaust."

    Sorry Nazi-Boy Ronald Grant, the supposed "Nakba" and the Holocaust are not remotely comparable. To draw a parallel between the "Nakba" (losing their homes, not being allowed to resettle in neighboring Arab states and the indignities that caused) and Holocaust victims (6 million MURDERED) is absolutely absurd, a gross distortion of history and quite frankly downright morally repugnant.

    Palestinians were NEVER helpless victims. They made a CHOICE to initiate a WAR OF EXTERMINATION against the Jews. During the Holocaust, Jews had no options. The Nazis’ objective was the systematic extermination of every Jew in Europe. Recall, Palestinians were surrounded by friendly Arab nations who provided military aid to destroy the Jews and offered Palestinians sanctuary. In contrast, during the Holocaust Jews were literally were abandoned by the world.

    Israel is seeking peace with its Palestinian neighbors. The Arabs have always had a choice for peace. More than one million Arabs live as free and equal citizens in Israel. The Nazis gave Jews no recourse. The Palestinians could have had a state many times-in 1937, 1947, 1979, 2000, but each time, their leaders rejected compromise and partition, and instead gambled and chose war or violence to dismantle the Jewish state and claim all of Palestine. During the Holocaust Jews were never hostile to Germany; the Jews did not just lose their homes, they were dispossessed, enslaved, tortured and 6 million were slaughtered.

    Do us all a favor and take a long walk off a short ledge.

  • MixMChess

    "Such stability is based on the false premise and reality of Israeli moral supremacy. It must be pointed out here that Israel does not hold the moral high ground in the neighborhood, given it's long unconscionable history of occupation and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian homeland as well as numerous war crimes and human rights violations against the Palestinian people and adjacent states."

    Sorry Nazi-Boy Ron Grant, looks like you are lying again. Israel is the shining light among a sea of human rights abuses. Arabs enjoy more human and civil rights in Israel than they do in any other surrounding Arab/Islamic state.

    According to annual human rights reports compiled by the State Department, nearly all of the Arab states are ruled by oppressive, dictatorial regimes, which deny their citizens basic freedoms of political expression, speech, press and due process. In fact, the Arab Human Development Report PUBLISHED BY A GROUP OF ARAB RESEARCHERS from the UN Development Program concluded that out of the seven regions of the world, Arab countries had the LOWEST freedom score. They also had the lowest ranking for "voice and accountability, a measure of various aspects of the political process, civil liberties, political rights and independence of the media."

    Israel has never committed any human rights violations against the Palestinians or adjacent states. Of course you will ignore the genocide that Syria and Jordan committed against the Palestinians, the genocide against the Christians by Turkey, the routine beheadings in Saudi Arabia, the torture and abuse of women in Yemen, the attacks on Christians by Hezbollah and much of the Lebanese Army, the oppression and murder of gays in Iran, the oppression of religious freedom in Pakistan, the pogroms against the Christian Copts in Egypt…. need I really go on?

    As for the ethnic cleansing charges, you already know these are false yet you continue to defame the Jewish state. The exact OPPOSITE of ethnic cleansing has occurred. The Palestinian population has increased exponentially under Israel rule, increasing by over 84% from 1993-2004 alone.

    Perhaps you wouldn't be blind to these facts if you took that white hood off your face.

  • MixMChess

    "And just what conclusions do we draw from the assassination of a nuclear scientist by an Israeli intelligence agency?What justification for like minded assassinations against other civilians,innocent or not.It's a dangerous ,slippery slope that invites retaliation and escalation."

    You are wrong as usual Nazi-Boy Ronald Grant. Israelis targeted a genocidal maniac and terrorist that works for a regime seeking the mass murder of the Jewish people and the destruction of Israel. The assassination of the nuclear scientist is not only legal but perfectly moral. Perhaps you would prefer Israel carpet bomb Iran instead? Lest we forget, had the Allies had been able to target key members of the Nazi party millions of deaths during WWII could have been avoided.

    Besides, your anger should be focused at other groups such as the Palestinians who intentionally target CIVILIANS on a regular basis. Recall, 80% of Israelis murdered by the Palestinians between 2000 and 2003 were civilians.

    "Likewise, the conception,realization and release of the very focused and ultra sophisticated Stuxnet worm is a truly alarming escalation in the net wars and put at risk our nations infrastructures e.g.power plants,communication centers, nuclear plants, industrial complexes, military complexes,etc.and is both self serving (for Israel) and reckless."

    Wrong again Ronald Grant. A nuclear Iran is much more alarming than the Stuxnet worm. In fact the only people that have to fear Stuxnet are Iranian nuclear scientists. The virus is completely benign and harmless unless your computer or program is interfacing with an Iranian nuclear warhead. If Israel is behind the Stuxnet virus, it did the world a huge favor in slowing Iran's nuclear ambitions, just as in 1982 when Israel disarmed the Iraqi Osiris reactor.

    The Iranian Mullahs have made it clear their goal is to bring about an end-of-days scenario with world wars and destruction in order to bring about the 13th Imam who will return as the Mahdi to restore Islam as the dominant faith. I feel much safer knowing these maniacs don't have their hands on a nuclear trigger. I guess your hatred for Jews trumps your own self-preservation?

  • Guest

    Of all places, GQ Magazine recently ran an analysis of the Mossad hit in Dubai a year ago. The writer went to great lengths to report how incredibly sloppy and unprofessional that job was. Like many who support Israel, I was happy with the end result, but the Mossad team left a trail a blind man could have followed. The job was crap, and the whole world knew it — a year ago.

    That was Dagan's exit card. Very damaging to the Mossad.

  • DraimanNews2011

    An interesting questionnaire for Palestinian Advocates If you are so sure "Palestine, the country, goes back through most of recorded history," I expect you to be able to answer a basic questions about that country of Palestine:1. When was it founded and by whom? 2. What were its borders?3. What was its capital? 4. What were its major cities?5. What constituted the basis of its economy?6. What was its form of government? 7. Can you name at least one Palestinian leader before Arafat? 8. Was Palestine ever recognized by a country whose existence, at that time or now, leaves no room for interpretation? 9. What was the language of the country of Palestine ?10. What was the prevalent religion of the country of Palestine ? 11. What was the name of its currency? Choose any date in history and tell what was the approximate exchange rate of the Palestinian monetary unit against the US dollar, German mark, GB pound, Japanese yen, or Chinese Yuan on that date.