51st: Genuine intelligence from a man who knows

Meir Dagan, the recently retired head of Israeli intelligence, Mossad: "The man who ran Israels Mossad spy agency until January contends that Israels top leaders lack judgment and that anticipated pressures of international isolation as the Palestinians campaign for statehood could lead to rash decisions like an airstrike on Iran." Whole story here: NYTimesAnd from Ha'aretz implications for the U.S.: "The conclusion is that between the end of June and Gates' retirement, and the end of September and Mullen's retirement, the danger that Netanyahu and Barak will aim at a surprise in Iran is especially great, especially since this would divert attention from the Palestinian issue."

Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.

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