August 20, 2015

THE OPPONENTS ARE JUST PLAYING POLITICS:

On nuclear deal, not all Israelis are with Netanyahu (DAN PERRY AND JOSEF FEDERMAN August 21, 2015, Times of Israel)

Some officials even see positive aspects in the deal, since it seems to sideline a critical issue for the next few years. "There are those in the Intelligence Corps, including those in the research division dealing with Iran, who have a very positive view of the nuclear agreement," wrote defense specialist Amir Oren in Haaretz.

Active officials can be prevented from speaking out, but some former security chiefs have raised their voices.

Efraim Halevy, a former head of the Mossad spy agency, said the deal forced Iran to accept an "unprecedented" system of inspections.

"Anyone who has followed events in Iran in recent decades or has studied the matter has to admit truthfully that he never believed Iran would ever agree to discuss these issues, let alone agree to" some of the deal's terms, he wrote in the Yedioth Ahronoth daily after the deal was announced.

Ami Ayalon, a former head of the Shin Bet internal security service, has called the deal "the best option."

In its recent long-term assessment, the Israeli military did not include a nuclear Iran among the country's most pressing threats, focusing instead on Iranian-backed proxies along Israel's borders.

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