Former Israeli Shin Bet Chief Calls for Israel To Open Communication Channels with Iran
December 21, 2011 • 2:29AM

More and more members of the Israeli security establishment are speaking out against a military strike against Iran at this time, while at the same time Israeli intelligence sources report that both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, have exerted tremendous pressure on security figures, including former Mossad Chief Meir Dagan, who have voiced opposition to Netanyahu and Barak's insane drive for war.

Speaking at a forum on Iran yesterday at the Netanya Academic College's S. Daniel Abraham Center for Strategic Dialogue, along with former Mossad chief Meir Dagan, Yaakov Perry called on Israel to open up some lines of communication with Iran. He complained that neither Israel nor the U.S. has a communication channel with Tehran, which lack, he said, could increase the chances of a tragic miscalculation.

Another participant in that forum was Maj. Gen. (res.) Uzi Dayan, the nephew of the late Gen. Moshe Dayan, who has also expressed caution on an Israeli strike on Iran. Dayan, who was a former head of Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) military intelligence and national security advisor to former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, told the forum that while Israel should prepare a military option, it should only be carried out as a last resort. He, as with other speakers, including Gen. (res.) Amir Nachumi, who was one of the pilots who bombed the Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1982, all believe that now is not the time for Israel to attack Iran.

According to a participant at the forum, the major point of discussion was that in Israel there is no formal decision-making process in which such a major decision as launching an attack on Iran, an attack that could lead to a major war for Israel, can be made through careful deliberations. Under the current situation, Netanyahu and Barak have the right to make that decision themselves, without consulting the cabinet or the government. While the military would be responsible for carrying out such an operation, it has no formal say in the decision. The consensus among the conference participants was that such a state of affairs is dangerous for the security of Israel.