One must first understand former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to understand former general and Mossad chief Meir Dagan - both were sorcerer's apprentices turned sorcerers.
'You were a living legend,' President Reuven Rivlin said in his eulogy. 'All your life you fought evil, but you remained a sensitive human being.'
Israel Prison Service denies Dagan family's request to allow incarcerated ex-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to attend the funeral.
Rejected by the elite Sayeret Matkal unit, Dagan went on to become an outstanding officer. During his eight years at the helm of the Mossad he brought the spy agency into the 21st century.
Dagan, who headed the spy agency for unprecedented eight years, underwent a liver transplant in Belarus in 2012. Netanyahu: 'He led the organization in daring, pioneering and groundbreaking operations.'
Dagan was the first to publicly oppose Netanyahu and Barak's plans to attack Iran, and the only one who spoke out loudly against Netanyahu in the election campaign.
In interview with Channel 10, Dagan endorses Herzog for PM: 'He is not just a fitting candidate, but the very best candidate.'
Nine years into his rule, Benjamin Netanyahu has poisoned his country. Israel is broken and battered and weak with fear. He's taken serious problems, and made them into a miserable nation.
Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan tells crowd of up to 35,000 that under Netanyahu, Israel faces most severe leadership crisis in country's history.
Dagan, who called Netanyahu's policies 'destructive to the future and security of Israel,' will speak at rally demanding regime change at Tel Aviv's Rabin Square.