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Retired Head of Mossad Discusses Iran

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In this article for the WaPo, Ephraim Halevy—the former head of Mossad—criticizes Israel’s posture toward Iran. Halvey claims that even a nuclear armed Iran is deterrable, and calls for more “sophisticated and nuanced” policies. Halvey’s description of Ahmadinejad’s desire to destroy Israel is perhaps exaggerated, but his sober analysis is interesting to read. (link via:

“Iranians, including those in government, know that acceptance of Israel is not just something they have to accept but something that might bring their deliverance,” Halevy maintains.

The former spy chief also argues that Ahmadinejad’s fiery rhetoric masks a deep split within Iran over the country’s future. “I believe that behind their bombastic statements there is a desperate fear that they are going down a path that would have dire consequences,” he says. “They don’t know how to extricate themselves. We have to find creative ways to help them escape from their rhetoric.”

Halevy, who made many secret visits to Iran during the days of the shah, argues that rather than rattling sabers the West should be looking for dialogue with Tehran. “A creative and constructive approach to Iran’s concerns — not the dreams of their fanatic president to effect the demise of Israel — might move them to see that their self-interest would be better served by taking alternative paths.”

Irancove @ November 12, 2007

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