Former Shin Bet chief slams Netanyahu for weak Palestinian policies, focus on Iran
Benjamin Netanyahu's ludicrous spending habits - the PM splashed out $3,000 on ice cream - have come under fire from disgruntled ex-Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin. (Image courtesy of Haaretz)
Former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin on Thursday slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after he was called "frustrated and sanctimonious" by government officials after he criticized Netanyahu's polices on Palestine.
Israeli media website Haaretz, Diskin left a scathing post on his Facebook page for Netanyahu after being slammed by government officials earlier this week: "I heard the response of the Prime Minister's Bureau to my speech last night, and thought at least this time they didn't use Arik Einstein, may he rest in peace, as a way of ignoring the significance of the problem on the table," Diskin wrote.
The government outburst came after the former Shin Bet leader was less than positive about the government's Palestinian policies at a public forum marking the 10th anniversary of the Geneva Initiative, according to Haaretz.
Diskin responded to the slander from Bibi's office by lashing out at the Prime Minister's well known spending habits.
"As it were, soon enough they'll be sending Gila Gamliel, Gilad Erdan and all the rest of the sycophants to explain why it's okay to own three houses on the state's tab, to buy 10,000 shekels worth of ice cream, to pay 84,000 shekels for water, to take suitcases filled with clothes to wash and iron at hotels abroad, to buy scented candles for 6,000 shekels - since the prime minister needs to concentrate on eliminating the Iranian threat…. It's sad. And we all hear it, and don't say a word," Diskin added, according to Haaretz.
At the Geneva Initiative event, Diskin - who is no stranger to publicly lambasting Netanyahu - warned that "the ramifications of failed negotiations [with Palestine] are far graver for Israel’s future than the Iranian nuclear program," Haaretz reported.
“We need an agreement now, before we get to a point of no return, after which a two-state solution will be impossible,” the former Shin Bet official said at the event, according to the website. "I say it even though it is unpopular to do so."
“I would like to know that our home here has clear borders, and that we’re putting the sanctity of people before the sanctity of land," Diskin noted. "I want a homeland that does not require the occupation of another people in order to maintain itself."
Slamming the policies of the government, Diskin also said: “The coalition in Israel and the problems of control in the Likud are making an agreement with the Palestinians impossible,” according to Haaretz.
In response to Diskin's Facebook message, officials of Netanyahu's in the Prime Minister's Bureau said: "Anyone who thinks the Palestinian threat is bigger than the threat of an Iranian nuclear bomb is disconnected from reality and lacks strategic vision."