(; born 30 January 1945) is a former Israeli military
officer and former Director of the Mossad
(replaced by Tamir Pardo
on January 1, 2011).
In the early 1970s, Dagan commanded a temporarily-formed undercover commando unit, known as Sayeret Rimon
, whose task was to combat the increasing insurgent violence in the Palestinian territories
Dagan was appointed Director of the Mossad by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
in August 2002, replacing outgoing Director Ephraim Halevy
. He was reconfirmed until the end of 2008 by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
in February 2007,Pfeffer, Anshel. "", The Jerusalem Post
, February 21, 2007. Retrieved February 21, 2007.
In mid 2007 Dagan had a "spat with the Deputy Director N, who is thought to be a candidate for replacing Dagan in late 2008. Dagan restored his former deputy T to the post and Dagan is likely to recommend T as his replacement.
He was re-appointed in 2009 by Netanyahu to serve until the end of 2010. In January 2010, the Mossad allegedly assassinated Hamas
commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh
. The Dubai Police
identified it as a murder, and the culprit as the Mossad. Israel also faced international criticism for allegedly forging European passports, and a Dubai arrest warrant was issued for... Read More