For the past two months there have been widespread reports that Mossad chief Meir Dagan is a dead spook walking after the Dubai assassination disaster. Now, Yisrael HaYom reports that Bibi Netanyahu has offered the job to Gen. Amos Yadlin, currently the head of military intelligence. The newspaper lists the reasons Bibi is ousting Dagan:
In the past year, two incidents mired in controversy stained Dagan’s formerly sterling reputation, as reported by overseas media: the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabouh in Dubai, in whose wake Mossad station chiefs were thrown out of several countries; the second was the lack of accurate intelligence about the Turkish ship, Mavi Marmara.
While it may be doubtful that Yadlin would’ve acted any differently than Dagan in approving the al-Mabouh hit, at least the Israeli leadership has sense enough to recognize that the operation was an utter disaster. And the fallout isn’t over yet. It’s the hit that keeps on giving. I hear they’re also warming a chair for Dagan in the Hague. Defending him might be a job for Alan Dershowitz if he doesn’t agree to become Israel’s UN ambassador first.