Former Mossad Chief: Israel's Government is 'Ridiculous'

Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan says Israel's government needs an overhaul - adds senior officials want him silenced on Iran.

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Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan on Tuesday said Israel’s system of government needs an overhaul – adding senior officials were seeking to silence his opposition to striking Iran's nuclear program.

Dagan, who has traditionally limited his comments to foreign affairs, told the Hebrew-language Maariv he planned to lead a movement pushing to reform Israel's system of government.

"The current system is ridiculous," Dagan said. "It gives all sorts of fringe groups and obscure movements the ability to get what I call 'political brokerage funds."

Dagan did not elaborate on what other reforms his movement would pursue.

In a separate interview with Channel 2, Dagan said Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz were behind the alleged conspiracy, adding "I am very honored."

"That the three of them wish to keep me from speaking my views… I am honored," Dagan repeated. "But in a democratic country I am allowed to speak my mind."

Dagan explained his opposition to an attack on Iran lies in the disastrous consequences he says it could hold for the State of Israel.

"This will put the State of Israel at the center of a regional war," Dagan claimed. "This war will carry a heavy price destruction of infrastructure, destroying the fabric of life, and in human life itself."

Dagan also took a shot directly at Defense Minister Ehud Barak who has said an Iranian nuclear bomb is imminent and that sanctions will take too long to have an impact, saying, "If I were an Iranian, the bomb would have already been developed."

Barak previously dismissed Dagan's concerns saying Iran's ability to launch a counter-strike after an Israeli attack on its nuclear program was limited, adding Israelis "worried too much" about consequences Israel is prepared to weather.