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Dror Eydar

When Yedioth heats cold noodles

Sometimes, a textual analysis can teach us about the motivations behind what was written. Former Israel Security Agency chief Yuval Diskin's main claim in an interview published on Friday in the newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth is that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are driven by personal interests and "lots of ego," rather than by what is best for the country.

This, please note, is in contrast to ego-less former prime ministers Yitzhak Rabin, Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert and current President Shimon Peres. Diskin is of course presented as an altruist with only the country's best interests at heart. Meanwhile, this concerned citizen unleashed the word "I" more than 120 times during his interview. Interesting, no?

If the country's leadership is as terrible as he says, why the hell did Diskin ask to extend his service as head of the Mossad under the very same leadership? His claims, even in the role of concerned grandfather, also mask recycled political arguments about the "diplomatic standstill," against settlement construction and that the Likud is moving further to the Right.

He uses scare tactics one would hear from leftist mouthpieces, such as if we don't surrender to their foolish plans and abandon the higher ground to the Palestinians. This includes his use of the clumsy code word "messianic."

How are his words any different from what Livni, Olmert and others on the Left have said? It's fine to make political and ideological arguments, but don't cloak them as if you come from the United Nations.

This is Yedioth Aharonoth's traditional method to inject the views of a tiny caste into the public discourse under the guise of a widely accepted worldview.

Between the lines, however, a different tune can be heard: "The Palestinians have told me on a number of occasions already that they are waiting for the election results ... 'after which we'll be able to see which direction Israel is headed.'" Wait, just wait and see what will happen to you if you vote for the Right.

Things are actually much worse because Diskin is "snitching," as if Israel with Netanyahu at the helm never intended to make peace with the Palestinians. This despite the fact that Netanyahu has taken unprecedented steps, unlike any government before him, certainly not right-wing governments. He initiated a settlement construction freeze and declared in a speech at Bar Ilan University that he recognized the Palestinians' right to a state. He also grants Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas more credit than he deserves; and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is also regarded as a righteous man.

It sounds just like Shimon "senior diplomatic source" Peres: "I'm telling you, he [Abbas] is not a rejecter of peace." Yeah, it's just us.

Diskin excuses Abbas' refusal to respond to Olmert's overly generous and irresponsible peace offer with the words: "Abbas never felt safe that Olmert was the man with whom he could close the deal."

Last week we published inner Palestinian communication manuscripts from precisely that time, reported by Boaz Kantor, according to which the Palestinians never intended to provide Olmert with a serious response. Is Diskin, who was head of the ISA at the time, unfamiliar with this material? Or is his personal political view stronger than his ability to analyze reality?

No less interesting is the fact that Yedioth chose to re-heat cold noodles. In the end, the ammunition in Yedioth owner Arnon (Noni) Mozes' arsenal will run out. But, hey, it is never too late to uncover the archive and reveal something about Netanyahus family.

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