Former Mossad chief, Meir Dagan has sent a thunderbolt through the Israeli political and security establishment with his statement that opposition to Palestinian statehood in the form of the upcoming September vote before the General Assembly is a serious error of judgment (Hebrew) on Israel’s part. Dagan told his audience that Palestinian statehood is an outcome that is unstoppable. It would be far more in Israel’s interest to come to terms with the declaration of statehood than to oppose.
It blows the mind to know that a former Mossad boss has a more progressive view than Barack Obama (or J Street for that matter) on this issue.
Frankly, I’ve heard of no senior Israeli officials who’ve endorsed Dagan’s views, which is what makes them all the most shocking. No doubt, at least some of this is due to the bad blood between the former Mossad director and the prime minister who refused to renew his mandate for another term as Dagan had hoped. But whatever the reason, I don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. If Dagan says the right things for the wrong reasons, that’s OK by me. A question I wonder about is whether Dagan is positioning himself to enter politics in time for the next election; and that he will join a party opposed to Bibi like Kadima perhaps.