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Head of Mossad Ousted

June 26, 2010 - 7:20 AM | by: Yonat Friling

Israeli top spy, Meir Dagan, is stepping down. According to local TV station Channel 2, Dagan, who was appointed as head of Mossad in 2002, requested to continue another year in the role, but was refused by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Sources tell Fox News that the main reason for Netanyahu’s decision is the international criticism following the January assassination of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai, which was widely believed to be carried out by Mossad agents using forged foreign passports. Israel never responded to the allegations made by Dubai Police regarding the case.

According to the report, Dagan successor will be a person from within the organization. Fox News has learned that among the candidates Dagan’s former deputy and two current heads of Mossad units, ‘Tevel’ and “Tzomet’. Another name that was mentioned, current head of Israeli Shin Bet, Yuval Diskin.

An official announcement is expected in a few weeks.

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