Former senior office holders publish letter calling for Peretz dismissal; express support for Barak, saying 'only experienced leader can rehabilitate defense establishment'
The impressive list of senior officers signing the letter includes former Labor Party chairman Maj. Gen. (res) Amram Mitzna, former Mossad Chief Shabtai Shavit, former Defense Ministry Director-General Amos Yaron, former coordinator of activities in the territories Shmuel Goren and several others.
"Peretz's appointment was a fatal mistake. We cannot have an inexperienced civilian, devoid of all involvement with defense in the past, at the head of our defense establishment," he said.
Shavit echoed these sentiments, saying the second Lebanon war proved that the defense establishment is not functioning optimally.
"Israel needs the most experienced man to rehabilitate the defense establishment and return our power of deterrence Barak is the best, most experienced man for a job that is needed to address future threats," he added.
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