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Ex-Mossad Chief Meir Dagan: Netanyahu More ‘Frightening’ Than All Israel Enemies

March 8, 2015 (EIRNS)—Former Mossad director Meir Dagan told 50,000 demonstrators in Tel Aviv that Israel under Netanyahu’s leadership is suffering the worst crisis since its creation.

"I am frightened by our leadership. I am afraid because of the lack of vision and a loss of direction. I am frightened by the hesitation and the stagnation [of Israels government]. And I am frightened, above all else, from a crisis in leadership. It is the worst crisis that Israel has seen to this day," Maj. Gen. Dagan told a receptive crowd in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv.

"Israel is a nation surrounded by enemies, but our enemies are not the ones that scare me."

Dagan also criticized Netanyahu’s military campaign in Gaza:

"We paid a heavy price in blood for a campaign that ended in zero deterrence, zero diplomatic achievements. It was a campaign that only set us back and set in motion the countdown to the next round of fighting."

The former Mossad chief also criticized Netanyahu’s domestic policy:

"Under his watch, our health system is collapsing. The housing crisis has reached new heights. The socioeconomic gaps continue to widen. The distance between the poor, rural areas and the Center has never been greater. One of every three Israeli children is poor. Forty percent of Israelis can’t make ends meet."

Israelis go to the polls on March 17.