Former Mossad Chief in Critical Condition After Undergoing Liver Transplant in Belarus

Meir Dagan was secretly operated on five days ago; procedure itself was apparently successful, but complications set in following the operation.

Former Mossad head Meir Dagan is in critical, yet stable, condition after undergoing a liver-transplant operation in Belarus, according to an announcement made by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday night.

Dagan was successfully operated on five days ago. After the operation, however, complications set in.

Lukashenko said the decision to carry out the operation was made after Dagan consulted with him, due to the high profile of the former spy chief. Lukashenko said he "didn't promise anything," telling Dagan that he would be operated on "using the most modern methods."

The Israeli embassy said in response that it did not know anything about the operation. "The embassy did not deal with this issue. It was apparently done on a private basis. We had nothing to do with it."

Hospital staff in Belarus confirmed to local journalists that a liver transplant had been performed on an Israeli citizen, but did not add any additional details.

The local health ministry also had no comment.

Tomer Appelbaum