"This is the scene. I'm telling you, a picture is worth a thousand words. In the midst of this deep and significant meeting, there is a feeling of total disrespect for the people there. I don't even know how to explain the feeling we experienced in that moment."
"The feeling many of us had about Barak was that, whether under Olmert or Netanyahu, the question of who will claim credit for specific moves may lead to bizarre decisions or recommendations."
"I can't disclose more than that. But these recommendations left the participants in these closed-door discussions open-mouthed more than once."
"When I look at Netanyahu and Barak, I don't see an iota of leadership qualities in either of them. Rabin, Peres, Sharon and Olmert knew how to put the national interest before everything else. I didn't feel this way with Netanyahu or Barak. I don't think others did either."
Netanyahu has messianic ambitions, he added. He's-over-the-top and dangerous. He wants his stamp put on history. He wants it written the wrong way.
"I have a very deep feeling that when it comes to Iran, Netanyahu is possessed by Menachem Begin, who attacked Iraq's nuclear reactor, and by Olmert, who many claim is responsible for the attack on Syria's reactor."
"Bibi wants to go down in history as the person who did something on this size a scale. I have heard him belittle what his predecessors have done and assert that his mission on Iran is on a much grander scale."
He's ideologically over-the-top. He considers himself "a prince of a 'royal family' from the Jerusalem elite, alongside insecurity and a deep fear of taking responsibility."- Advertisement -
His decision-making style is "zig-zag." He fails to convince associates to trust him. Other current and past Israeli officials share Diskin's views. Former IDF chief, Gabi Ashkenazi clashed with Barak on policy. His career was cut short.
Last April, Diskin made similar comments. He expressed no confidence in Netanyahu and Barak. He called Israel's leadership "messianic. Our two messiahs are unfit to hold the reigns of power."
"They give the public a false picture on Iran. They create the feeling that if Israel does not act, Iran will have a nuclear bomb, even though experts think an attack on Iran will" encourage efforts to develop one.
Diskin expressed concern for his children, saying "When I see the current leadership, I am worried about what we'll leave for them."- Advertisement -
In response to Diskin's latest comments, Netanyahu's office called them "unfounded, baseless, recycled and shocking, in both content and timing." "There is no kernel of truth in (his) statements. There are no flaws in the decision-making process on issues concerning Iran."
More about Netanyahu than Iran is disturbing. Jamal Juma is a Stop the Wall activist. He's been persecuted, arrested and imprisoned unjustly. Israel wants him silenced.