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Former Mossad Head: We Rely on G-d but Have Responsibility'

Video: Moskowitz Zionism Prize winner Meir Dagan speaks about his service for Israel's safety: "The secret services act without awards or praise."
By Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 5/31/2011, 3:32 PM / Last Update: 5/31/2011, 4:08 PM

In the following video, featured at the 2011 Moskowitz Prize for Zionism ceremony, former Mossad Chief Meir Dagan speaks about his service for the safety of Israel.

The prize committee explained that Dagan has contributed immeasurably to the security of Israel. Born in 1945 to Holocaust survivors, Major General (res.) Dagan has a rich past of IDF service, serving as a paratrooper and rising through the ranks from Company to Division Commander.

"Dagan fought in Israel’s wars, was injured twice, and earned the Medal of Valor, the second highest honor in the IDF.
 the committee stated. He has also served in various headquarter staff positions until he commenced his service at the rank of Major General.

"Dagan served as head of the counterterrorist staff at the Prime Minister's Office for two years and was then appointed as Director General of the Israel Secret Intelligence Service from 2002 until 2011, after his term was extended twice. Dagan’s term as Mossad Chief is considered especially successful, and he has left a legacy of creativity and action which are held in high esteem by Israeli and international leaders alike, including Arab leaders and international heads of state. He now heads the Israeli Port Authority."