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Ex-Mossad deputy head slams Netanyahu’s ‘poor management’ on Iran, pandemic

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04.03.2021

The former deputy head of the Mossad said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has poorly managed both the coronavirus pandemic and the struggle against the Iranian threat, in excerpts of an interview published Thursday.

“The bottom line was poor management. I saw poor management,” the recently retired official told the Yedioth Ahronoth daily in an interview set to be published in full on Friday.

“Compare the coronavirus to the treatment of the Iranian nuclear program: The amount of uranium Iran has accumulated, its regional spread — it’s bad. But the operations we carried out along the way? Amazing,” he said. “Same with the coronavirus. Soon [the death toll will reach] 6,000 victims, but take a look at that vaccination campaign. Great, isn’t it?”

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The senior official is known only by his Hebrew initial, “Alef,” and chose to step down last month when he was passed over for the top job at the spy agency, a decision by Netanyahu that surprised many in the defense establishment due to Alef’s vast experience. Safes inside a warehouse in Shorabad, south Tehran, where Mossad agents were said to have discovered and extracted tens of thousands of secret files pertaining to Iran’s nuclear weapons program (Prime Minister’s Office)

That experience included heading up the team of Mossad agents behind the operation to steal Iran’s nuclear archive in 2018, which Alef said was the “operation of the century.”

The operatives reportedly broke into the building outside Tehran where the trove was housed, removed the files and disks, and smuggled them back to Israel the same night.

The content of the files showed that Iran had........

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