Israeli Military Brass Support Iran Deal

Haaretz reports that an impressive list of top Israeli military brass support the deal with Iran. These military leaders wrote a letter to Netanyahu urging him to support the Iran deal.

Because it’s hard to read names jammed together without any organization, here’s a list of some of the military bigwigs (all now retired) who signed the letter:

  • Shlomo Gaza, Chief of Intelligence, Major General
  • Carmi Gillon, Director of Israel Security Agency
  • Ami Ayalon, Vice Admiral, Director of Israel Security Agency
  • Itamar Yaar, Colonel Deputy Israeli National Security Council
  • Arie Pellman, Israeli Security Agency official
  • Amiram Levin, deputy of the Mossad director, Major General
  • Itzhak Barzilay, Mossad official
  • Nathan Sharony, Major General, head of planning for the armed forces

Numerous admirals and generals signed the letter as well:

  • David Ben Bashat, Vice Admiral
  • Micha Ram, Vice Admiral
  • Alex Tal, Vice Admiral
  • Amira Dotan, Brigadier General, member of Parliament
  • Uzi Eilam, Brigadier General, Director of Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission
  • Aviezer Yaari, Major General
  • Giora Romm, Major General
  • Moshe Lichtman, Major General
  • Amram Mitzna, Major General, member of Parliament
  • Abraham Almog, Brigadier General, Medal of Courage
  • Asher Levy, Brigadier General
  • Yossi Gonen, Brigadier General
  • Giora Inbar, Brigadier General
  • Arie Keren, Brigadier General
  • Yoram Cohen, Brigadier General
  • Shlomo Egozy. Brigadier General
  • Yosef Eyal, Brigadier General
  • Asaf Agmon, Brigadier General
  • Uriel Agmon, Brigadier General
  • Yoram Agmon, Brigadier General
  • Amos Amir Brigadier General
  • Mordechai ‘Motke’ Ben Porat, Brigadier General
  • Shaul Gavoli, Police Major Geneneral, LDF Brigadier General
  • Ilan Paz, Brigadier General
  • Yitzhak Rabin, Brigadier General
  • Giora Ram (Furman), PhD, Brigadier General
  • Yaron Ram, Brigadier General
  • Gilad Ramot, Brigadier General
  • Gilad Raz, Brigadier General
  • lftach Spector, Brigadier General
  • Benny Taran , Brigadier General
  • Aharon Vardi, Brigadier General
  • Shlomo Waxe. Brigadier General
  • Izak Zamir, Brigadier General
  • Gadi Zohar, Brigadier General
  • Amnon Reshef, General
  • Ran Ronen, General
  • Danny Rothschild, General

In addition, numerous top Israeli military brass have previously come out in favor of the Iran deal, including:

  • Efraim Halevy, Mossad Director; former head of National Security Council
  • Shlomo Ben-Ami, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Internal Security
  • Shlomo Brom, brigadier general; former director of IDF strategic planning division; former deputy national security advisor
  • Uzi Arad, national security advisor
  • Dov Tamari, military intelligence chief; former head of special operations
  • Chuck Freilich, deputy national security advisor
  • Yitzhak Ben-Yisrael, Chair of Israel’s space agency; former IDF general
  • Uzi Even, lead scientist at Israel’s Dimona nuclear reactor
  • Eran Etzion, Deputy Head of the Israeli National Security Council; former Head of Policy Planning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Israel Ziv, major general
  • Eli Levite, deputy director general of Israel’s atomic energy commission
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  • hvaiallverden

    I think, even the hardliners, maybe they are the sane voice in Israel, and to tell the truth.
    No filter.
    And I also belive they to sees the writing on the wall, and possibilitys for serious trubles ahead if the present headlong banging and war mongrelling is doing things wurse.
    For jews and palestinians.

    And there runns parralell issus to, economy, housing welfare and so on, as the banana republic UssA have dumped all the expences of decades of ever increasing war fare, where costs have gone to heaven.
    You dont need to be a rocketscientist to realise that this corse is a downward slide to the bottom of the pitt.
    Nobody deservs a faith like that.

    Peace will turn everything upside down, when we al can walk around, in both Palestina and Israel, in the end, names arent that important, but the peace will create future possibilitys.

    Then what is it in that narrative that is scary.
    And despite this, and with all due respect, honestly and cinserly, to those that have awaken and shown to be true israelis and Jews.


  • Rehmat

    In his July 18, 2015 column, Avnery has claimed that Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his cheering dogs in both Israel and United States were ‘duped’ by smart Iranian propaganda about Iran’s non-existent nuclear threat to Israel. The result is, Netanyahu’s Iranophobia has made Israel an international joke after the nuclear agreement signed between the so-called P5+1 and Iran.

    “Netanyahu’s nightmare of an Iranian nuclear attack on Israel is just that – a nightmare of an ignorant dilettante (what about the rest of Israeli Jews who have made him the longest-serving prime minister). Israel is a nuclear power with a solid second-strike capability. as we see, the Iranian leaders are hard-boiled realists. Would they even dream of inviting an inevitable Israeli retaliation that would wipe from the face of the earth their three millennia-old civilization,” wrote Avnery.

    As a cunning Zionist Jew, Avnery forgot to mention that Israeli retaliatory second-strike would also wipe-out most of Israel’s five million, and 3,000 Iranian Jews, as result of such Israeli nuclear strike’s radiation after-effects.

  • Josh

    The ad doesn’t say that these military officials “support” the Iran deal. It says that, given that the deal is an “accomplished fact,” Netanyahu should stop publicly opposing it. These military officials were not commenting on the merits of the deal. If anything, their reference to the “challenges” that the deal creates shows that they are concerned.

    • ahuxley

      …”The ad doesn’t say that these military officials “support” the Iran deal”…

      What “ad” are you talking about…?

      References and clarification, please…?

    • Maria Soledad Rujano Calef

      to build a nuclear bomb requieres either uranium or plutonium. Iran has been blocked to acquire enriched uranium or plutonion, so Iran cannot build a bomb. All Iran’s potential pathways to build a bomb are blocked!

  • zeev kirsh

    washingtons blog has a consistently biassed approach in reporting anything israel related.

    it’s basically an extension of counterpunch. it singles out israel and jews as the cause of western problems in particular, only to provide relief from the persistent focus on the elites and corrupt oligarchies.

    what’s new?

    it’s a sad thing that washingtons blog seems to tilt in this direction, so much so that the blog has run numerous intellectual pre-emption articles about how being rabidly anti-israel IS NOT in any way anti-semitic.

    it isn’t really? so the persisent failure to address the HORRROORS of what MANY MIDDLE EASTERN ARABIC GOVERNMENTS DO TO THEIR OWN ARABIC PEASANTRY ( THE 99%) is just conveniently a fact. that WB DISPROPORTIONATELY focusses on israel to the exclusion of dozens of outright dictatorships in the middle east and elsewhere where tyrants rule over muslim population in the name of ‘islam’, when in fact it is just about violent enforcement of dictatorship, has NOTHING TO DO WITH ANTI-SEMITISM?

    what else is it?

    if the double standards of diproportionate focus are applied to israel, but not to over 15 other governments with over 450 million muslims in the middle east and packistan————what is the reason?

    i mean, you’re talking 45 or 70 to 1 in terms of actual numbers of people in these nations depending on how you calculate these things. and well over 80% of the anti-middle eastern country coverage is of israel, and the rest of the 20% is almost all saudi arabia ( and it’s ties to the u.s. )


  • Dave Marks

    That’s right, they (Israeli “brass” listed in your post) view the capitulation to Iran as a done deal.

    And BTW, the nuclear facility referred to in your contribution to FB is actually an ice cream factory, by means of which Israel plans to bring down the European economy in a manner as yet unexplained.

  • jimmydominic

    you know this article was cited by Chomsky? Keep up the good work.

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