Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Shin Bet chief slams 'system collapse'

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

Ynet Published: 08.23.06, 22:23

"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."

"We have to acknowledge it, there were plenty of failures and the public sees them and understands it," Diskin said during a Shin Bet ceremony Tuesday. His harsh remarks were reported by Channel 2 news during Wednesday's evening newscast.

Diskin, who joined others who in recent days voiced their criticism over the government's conduct during the war, said that he thinks people like him, who are part of the government, should be speaking up.

"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.""

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