Halevy: My persuasion skills I think are what helped me get land a position in the Mossad. Difference b/n persuasion and force #TOIPresents
Former Mossad chief Halevy: I never had doubts about what I was doing. I was never uneasy about something I was asked to do
Former Mossad chief Halevy: The essentials of intelligence, from Israel's inception is something that is in our genes
Halevy: Jews of Palestine played an important role in state's forming. Not just in Palestine, but in operations outside
Former Mossad chief Halevy: I cannot imagine that we would have had peace with some of our neighbors without the Mossad
Former Mossad chief Halevy: Every successful agreement had an element of the Mossad in it
Halevy: Met King Hussein in London re peace deal. We spoke for 2 hours. Yet this was only convo I had w/ him that I couldnt remember
Former Mossad chief Halevy: It's so important to talk to (even) our most bitter enemies
Former Mossad chief Halevy: 6 Prime Ministers tried to make peace w/ Syria (giving up Golan Heights). Bibi tried to do so twice
Halevy: If we had peace w/ Syria and 3 mil Israelis went to Damascus to eat Hummus...maybe Syria would not have disintigrated
Halevy: If we had made peace with Israel. Maybe they would've been strong enough not to fall the way they have. Not fantasizing
Halevy: The Israeli gov today is practicing a policy today of not managing the conflict, but maintaining the conflict
Halevy: Many versions of what happened during secret Bibi-Sisi-Abdullah meeting, which means that it failed
Halevy: Bibi says the new offer to the Palestinians is "limited sovereignty." I don't know what that is!
Former Mossad chief Halevy: In order to reach peace, you have to be a Rabin. You have to be willing to make concessions
Former Mossad chief Halevy: If you never take a risk, you'll never get anywhere
Halevy: I believe "maintaining the conflict" is what Bibi is doing. But I'm not sure he can continue doing this
Former Mossad chief Halevy: Jared Kushner...I think he's very good at deals
Halevy: One man wants to do the deal (Trump), but Netanyahu is in a maintenance mode...Not sure how this will unfold
Former Mossad chief Halevy: Netanyahu should be commended for being able to reach a level of dialogue w/ Mr. Putin
Halevy: Putin on Bibi in 96-He understood, possibly better than his predecessors the importance of reaching agreement w/ Syria
Former Mossad chief Halevy: Only person who can influence Iran today is Putin.
Former Mossad chief Halevy: I think Bibi understands Russia better than most. Also think Putin is an accomplished intelligence practitioner
Halevy: Of course, secrets are necessary on these issues, but Israelis deserve to know what the strategy is here
Former Mossad chief Halevy: I think Israeli public entitled to explanation regarding Russia's massive support for Iran
Halevy: First country to start rearming Iran after the deal was Russia. This is why (if you're Bibi) you go to Moscow, not DC
Former Mossad chief Halevy: Israel is strongest power in the Middle East and that it is indestructible
Halevy: Why should we tell our enemy that they have the means to destroy us? (referring calling Iran an existential threat)
Former Mossad chief Halevy: We're stronger than we think we are
Former Mossad chief Halevy: #Israel is strongest power in the Middle East.
Former Mossad chief Halevy: Those who think that in 2-3 years we'll be able to maintain the situation, theyre playing with fire
Halevy: The involvement of Russia in elections is not something new. They were involved in elex after WW2 throughout Europe
Halevy: I think we have to wait a little before assessing clearly what we're in for. We don't yet know significance of Tump's rise to power
Halevy on Trump: I don't know if he's an actor, if he means what he says; but I hope we're not in for a rude awakening
Former Mossad chief Halevy: Russia can change its mind whenever it wants and this is something that we have to be aware of
Former Mossad chief Halevy: Without Russian weapons, we wouldn't have been able to survive the 1948 war
Former Mossad chief Halevy: Russia in turn expected us to at least remain neutral in cold war.
Former Mossad chief Halevi: We have to remember that a smile today can turn into a scowl tomorrow
The most powerful tool in the human condition is language - former Mossad chief Efraim HaLevy
We must talk to Hamas
We must talk to Khaled Mashel
We don't need to talk to Da'esh
We need to talk to the Iranians
Halevi referring to regional issues: we need a roundtable with everyone at it. Why should only language be rockets and bombs?
Former Mossad chief Halevi in closing: What do you have to lose by talking to people?
Language. the greatest gift to humanity.
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