Caught up in a tug of war between Avigdor Lieberman and Bibi Netayahu over who would become Israel’s new ambassador to London, Uzi Arad resigned in a huff as Netanyahu’s national security advisor. Lieberman bridled at Arad’s nomination for the post being shoved down his throat. Netanyahu refused to force the issue. And just like that, the former senior Mossad agent is gone from the prime minister’s office.
Frankly, I’m slightly shocked at the tone deaf nature of the nomination of Arad to the London post considering the English government’s anger that the Mossad cloned several passports of British nationals as part of the al-Mabouh hit in Dubai. Naming as new ambassador the very agent responsible for the Larry Franklin-Aipac spying scandal seemed a bit over the top.
Arad, during the Bush administration was even persona non grata and unwelcome in this country because of his role in this matter. All that changed when Bibi named him to his post and apparently the Obama administration didn’t wish to make a big stink over the matter. He was welcomed back to the White House and accompanied his boss to meetings there. I guess Arad has friends like Dennis Ross in high places.