Former Deputy Mossad Chief to Speak at anti-Netanyahu Rally on Saturday

Figures from defense establishment, including ex-Mossad chief Meir Dagan, and laid-off workers among those to address ‘Israel Wants Change’ event.

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Former deputy Mossad chief Amiram Levin. Final speaker at an anti-Netanyahu rally on Saturday March 7, 2015. Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

A former deputy head of Mossad will be the final speaker at a rally in Tel Aviv on Saturday night in support of replacing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amiram Levin, who was also GOC Northern Command in the Israel Defense Forces, will close the rally, whose slogan is “Israel Wants Change.”

Ahead of the rally, Levin attacked Netanyahu’s decision to address the U.S. Congress, saying, “When the prime minister is in the United States, he is the leader of us all. But it would have been better had he said the little that he said in Congress in the Oval Office, one on one; then perhaps it might have had an effect.”

According to Levin, “the continued rule over another people will make the strongest and most moral army in the world immoral and weak. Israel must take back its initiative [and] determine the permanent borders of the state, in order to guarantee security and a solid Jewish majority. Someone who is afraid to lead an initiative for political and security arrangements in the region will end up withdrawing from every last millimeter. Only initiative can leave part of the territory and settlements in our hands.”

Also scheduled to speak at the Rabin Square rally are former Mossad chief Meir Dagan and Edmond Lankry, a union chief at the Dead Sea Works. Lankry said the government has done nothing to prevent worker layoffs at the Israel Chemicals-owned plant. “It is irrational that the state does not intervene to stop layoffs throughout the country, particularly in the Negev,” Lankry said in a statement. “The tycoons rake in billions and fire workers, and the government doesn’t react.”

The rally is being coordinated by grassroots organization One Million Hands. Additional participating organizations include Dugma Ishit, the Kibbutz Movement, and the Movement for the Future of the Negev and the Galilee.

Representatives from a wide range of communities and interests are set to participate, including those from Israel’s geographical periphery, laid-off factory workers, artists and intellectuals, and figures from the defense establishment.

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