Diskin’s Denial: I’m Not with Peres
Former Shin Bet head Yuval Diskin has denied reports that his repeated criticism of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is a prelude to entering politics.
Diskin was rumored to be planning to go into politics with a new political party currently being formed. President Shimon Peres has also been rumored to be involved in establishing the new party.
In a post to his Facebook page, Diskin denied that his recent criticism of Netanyahu - among other things, he called the Prime Minister "weak" - stemmed from personal political aspirations. He also rejected the suggestion that he slammed Netanyahu out of frustration that he had not been appointed to head the Mossad.
“Yes, I agree that I am frustrated – because I am a citizen who cares,” he wrote. “I’m a citizen who had a very long career in the defense establishment, sometimes on the front lines… And more than anything, I’m a father to children, two of whom are currently serving in elite IDF combat units, and the third will join them soon.
“So I feel that I have a few shares in this country (as do we all), and as a share-holder, I definitely care, and if I have something to say – I’ll say it!” he continued.
“But it’s a long way from here to deciding to go into politics,” he wrote.
Diskin wrote that he is enjoying his new career in hi-tech, and added, “I have no political ties to former Prime Minister Olmert, or to the imaginary party that President Shimon Peres (whom I admire and respect) is establishing, or to Yair Lapid who I have never – ever – met or talked to… I am not politically connected to any of those people, period.”
With that said, Diskin did not rule out a future in politics. “What will be in the future – I don’t know,” he said.