Ex-spymaster: Israel will survive

2012-02-08 21:18

Tel Aviv - A former Israeli spy master who has accused the country's leaders of barrelling toward a rash military strike in Iran says Israel's survival is not at risk.

The assessment by Meir Dagan appeared to put him at odds with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has repeatedly warned that a nuclear-armed Iran could put Israel's existence in jeopardy.

Dagan made his observation on Wednesday at a time of mounting speculation that Israel is planning to attack Iranian nuclear facilities in the next few months.

Dagan spoke at the launch of a political reform movement. Responding to an audience question, he said he does not think Israel faces an "existential threat." He did not explicitly mention Iran, but such language in Israel generally refers to Iran.

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