Thursday, August 24, 2006

Shin Bet chief slams 'system collapse'

From Ynet News, 23/8/06 ...

Yuval Diskin blasts government over its conduct during Lebanon war, says government systems completely collapsed, northern Israel abandoned by officials

Shin Bet Director Yuval Diskin has issued a scathing attack over the government's conduct during the recent war in Lebanon, charging that "during the war, government systems collapsed completely." ... His harsh remarks were reported by Channel 2 news during Wednesday's evening newscast. ..... "This is not the time to cover up and we need to tell the truth," he said. "No doubt, the north was abandoned and someone should provide explanations and take responsibility."

... Earlier this week, Diskin warned government ministers that the strengthening of terror groups in the Gaza Strip is a strategic problem that could result in a Lebanon-like reality in several years. The Shin Bet director warned that the Philadelphi route is breached and that several tons of explosives and hundreds of weapons have been brought into Gaza recently.

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