What does the top echelon of the #Israel security establishment think about Netanyahu’s settlement expansion policy?

No one likes to see the UN Security Council pass a resolution against their country, but, it seems that when it comes to finding Netanyahu’s settlement expansion policies being wrong and counterproductive, here in Israel, Obama is in good company.

As Ehud Barak explained recently to an Israeli reporter:

“If you put in one room all the living former heads of the Mossad, the Shin Bet, and the Israel Defense Forces, more than 90 percent of them would say that it’s simpler to protect Israel from a border that assures our security interests next to a Palestinian state, than to protect a ‘greater Israel’ with millions of Palestinians living under its control.”

The criticism of Netayhau’s settlement policies has in the past reached his advisors. According to the same article:

Of the 17 most-senior security & intelligence chiefs who have worked with Netanyahu, at least 13 have strongly criticized his policies.


Yaakov Peri, a former head of the Shin Bet—Israel’s internal intelligence agency—who has also served as a cabinet member in one of Netanyahu’s governments, told me recently that “some people like to say the security establishment is in fact leading the opposition in this country. I think that’s an exaggeration, but there’s no doubt that on two issues—Iran and Palestine—the security establishment’s professional analysis has consistently contradicted Netanyahu’s policies and statements.”