"Believe me, I have observed them from up close... They are not people who I, on a personal level, trust to lead Israel to an event on that scale and carry it off. These are not people who I would want to have holding the wheel in such an event,"
"They are misleading the public on the Iran issue. They tell the public that if Israel acts, Iran won't have a nuclear bomb. This is misleading. Actually, many experts say that an Israeli attack would accelerate the Iranian nuclear race," said the former security chief.
Former chief of the spy agency Meir Dagan has been critical of Israel's attitude towards the Iranian nuclear project as well. In March he said on CBS's 60 minutes that an Israeli strike on Iran would lead to a missile attack on Israel that would have a "devastating impact" on the country. Also he doubted whether an Israeli attack on Iran would effectively halt Iran's program. It would rather delay it, he said. Both Diskin and Dagan were the subject of an investigation in November, ordered by Netanyahu, as it was believed that they had been leaking the news that Netanyahu and Barak were trying to obtain a majority in the Israeli cabinet for an attack on Iran.
In his speech Diskin was also pessimistic about the political climate in Israel:
"Over the past 10-15 years Israel has become more and more racist. All of the studies point to this. This is racism toward Arabs and toward foreigners, and we are also become a more belligerent society."
Diskin also said he believed another political assassination, like that of Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 by a Jewish extremist, could occur in the future. "Today there are extremist Jews, not just in the territories but also inside the Green Line, dozens of them who, in a situation in which settlements are evacuated… would be willing to take up arms against their Jewish brothers."