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Unlike Netanyahu, Israeli generals go along with Iran deal

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Despite Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's strident denunciations of the move toward a U.S.-Iranian rapprochement and efforts by the powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington to undo the interim agreement reached in Geneva Sunday, influential former military and intelligence chiefs think otherwise.

Ex-Shin Bet chief blasts Netanyahu in West Bank

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 15 (UPI) -- As John Kerry struggles to breathe life into an expiring Mideast peace process, Yuval Diskin, former head of Israel's internal security service, has publicly chastised Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for failing to make a real effort to secure an agreement with the Palestinians.

Lebanese report: Mossad killed Mughniyeh

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Israel's Mossad was responsible for killing Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh, an investigative report published by the Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar said.

Netanyahu strike report boosts war fears

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- An Israeli television report that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ordered the Jewish state's military to prepare for a strike against Iran's nuclear facilities in 2010 has heightened war fears in the Middle East.

Report: Officials nixed Iran strike prep

JERUSALEM, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Israeli military and Mossad leaders refused an order to prepare for a strike on Iran nuclear facilities, fearing a war would start, an investigation indicated.

Ex-Mossad chief gets liver transplant

MINSK, Belarus, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A former Israeli Mossad chief underwent a liver transplant in Belarus 10 days ago, President Alexander Lukashenko said.
Commentary: Glide path to nowhere

Commentary: Glide path to nowhere

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Anti-U.S. demonstrations from Southeast Asia to North Africa over seven time zones surpassed anything witnessed during the anti-Vietnam war campaigns in the 1970s. Who and what’s behind them?
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

Barak criticizes Olmert, others on Iran

JERUSALEM, May 3 (UPI) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak criticized former Israeli leaders Thursday for minimizing the threat from Iran and his efforts to raise awareness.

Ex-Israeli spy head raps Netanyahu on Iran

NEW YORK, April 30 (UPI) -- A former Israeli spy chief said he supports an ex-Israeli security agency head's no-confidence remarks about Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Iran.

Ex-Shin Bet head criticizes Israel leaders

JERUSALEM, April 28 (UPI) -- The former head of Shin Bet, Israel's internal security agency, says he does not trust Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

Ex- Mossad chief against strike on Iran

TEL AVIV, Israel, March 12 (UPI) -- The West should push for regime change instead of talking about military strikes against Iran, said Meir Dagan, former Israeli intelligence chief.

Mossad chief says nuclear Iran no threat

JERUSALEM, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Israel's Mossad chief Tamir Pardo said a nuclear Iran would not necessarily mean the destruction of Israel, Israeli diplomats said.
Iran developing missile capabilities

Iran developing missile capabilities

JERUSALEM, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Iran is developing advanced cruise missiles that could carry non-conventional warheads, Arieh Herzog, a top Israel Defense Ministry official, warned.
Netanyahu target of smear campaign?

Netanyahu target of smear campaign?

JERUSALEM, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said he wanted an investigation into the alleged leaking of plans about a potential military strike on Iran.

Israel tests 'Iran missile' amid war talk

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Israel has test-fired a ballistic missile, believed to be a nuclear-capable Jericho-3 and the type of weapon that could be used in any assault on Iran's nuclear program.
Israel defense chief: Iran our main threat

Israel defense chief: Iran our main threat

TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Amid continuing concern that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is inclined to order military action against Iran's nuclear program, a key Defense Ministry chief says, "Iran is out central threat."
Commentary: Bibi: Et Tu Brutus?

Commentary: Bibi: Et Tu Brutus?

WASHINGTON, June 6 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is facing criticism from retiring intelligence chiefs. They accuse him of planning to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities to head off a unanimous U.N. vote that would recognize a Palestinian state
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

Israel's Dagan backs Saudi peace plan

JERUSALEM, June 3 (UPI) -- Former Israeli intelligence chief Meir Dagan's announced support for a peace plan built on the Saudi peace initiative has drawn mixed reaction within Israel.
Israeli ex-spy boss: Iran strike 'stupid'

Israeli ex-spy boss: Iran strike 'stupid'

TEL AVIV, Israel, May 12 (UPI) -- Meir Dagan, Israel's recently retired intelligence chief who spent eight years trying to sabotage Iran's nuclear program, has declared a military strike against that contentious project "is the stupidest thing I've ever heard."

Former Mossad chief against Iran strike

JERUSALEM, May 8 (UPI) -- Israeli government ministers Sunday criticized statements made by a former Mossad chief who said a strike on Iran would be foolish and not beneficial.
Israel's Dagan: No Iran nukes until 2015

Israel's Dagan: No Iran nukes until 2015

JERUSALEM, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- On his last day as Israel's spy chief, Meir Dagan said Iran is not likely to have nuclear weapon capability before 2015.
Israel gets new spy chief amid big shuffle

Israel gets new spy chief amid big shuffle

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has appointed a veteran spy as the new chief of the Mossad, Israel's foreign intelligence service, amid an unprecedented -- and some say potentially dangerous -- command shuffle as tensions rise with Iran.
Israel appoints new Mossad chief

Israel appoints new Mossad chief

JERUSALEM, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu appointed Tamir Pardo as the next head of the Mossad intelligence service, Netanyahu's office said.

Israel spy chief gets boot for bungled hit

TEL AVIV, Israel, June 29 (UPI) -- In the fallout from the bungled assassination of a Hamas gunrunner in Dubai in January, Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu is reported to have refused a request by Meir Dagan, hard-charging director of Israel's Mossad intelligence service, to extend his eight-year tenure.

Mossad chief: Israel becomes U.S. 'burden'

JERUSALEM, June 1 (UPI) -- Israel has gradually been turning into a "burden" on the United States since the end of the Cold War, the head of the Israeli secret service said Tuesday.
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