Maariv and Channel 2 News in Israel are reporting that Bibi and Barak are wreaking their revenge on Meir Dagan in ways large and small, for breaking with them and almost single-handedly preventing an Israeli attack on Iran. It is customary for retiring senior government figures with diplomatic passports to retain them for the length of the term of the passport. However, Bibi is demanding that Dagan return his immediately (Hebrew and in English). This may seem like a deliberate act of pettiness. It is that of course. But much more.
Without diplomatic passport, Meir Dagan is subject to arrest in any foreign country he might visit which might recognize an arrest warrant for his acts as Mossad chief including the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabouh. Dubai’s police chief has already threatened to issue Interpol arrest warrants for Bibi’s arrest. So this is not academic. In essence, Bibi is punishing Dagan by confining him to Israeli territory, because he will surely be arrested if he visits or even touches down in many western countries.
What Bibi isn’t weighing properly is that Dagan could conceivably become a senior minister in a future government or, “God forbid,” prime minister (he can run for Knesset in less than three years). Then Dagan would be able to repay the favor and Bibi too would be confined to Israel for fear of his own arrest for war crimes.