They are dead­lier than Ha­mas, says Mos­sad head

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY AN­SHEL PF­EF­FER

MOS­SAD CHIEF Tamir Pardo caused a stir in Is­rael last week when he said that the Is­lamic State (for­merly known as Isis) were more of a threat to Is­rael than Ha­mas.

Mr Pardo told a fo­rum of leading busi­ness­peo­ple last Thurs­day: “This is a very dis­turb­ing threat for Is­rael, and [the Is­lamic State] are here to stay… It’s an or­gan­i­sa­tion that ad­vo­cates mur­der for the sake of mur­der… Ha­mas is just a light threat com­pared to them.”

Mr Pardo landed him­self in hot wa­ter with Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu for say­ing that the big­gest ex­is­ten­tial chal­lenge fac­ing Is­rael was the con­flict with the Pales­tini­ans and not Iran’s nu­clear pro­gramme.

The Mos­sad chief’s re­marks were meant to re­main pri­vate but were re­ported by Haaretz on Sun­day.

Ac­cord­ing to par­tic­i­pants, when asked about Iran’s nu­clear plans, Mr Pardo said: “Iran may man­u­fac­ture nu­clear weapons in the fu­ture or try to ac­quire a nu­clear bomb but I wouldn’t rec­om­mend you run to buy a for­eign pass­port.”

These re­marks did not sit well with Prime Min­is­ter’s of­fice: Mr Ne­tanyahu has been say­ing for years that the Ira­nian nu­clear pro­gramme is the most se­ri­ous threat fac­ing Is­rael.

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