Six former "Israeli" spymasters accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday of jeopardizing the country's future as it the entity prepares to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its founding next month.
The surviving ex-Mossad intelligence agency chiefs voiced their opinion of the fourth-term, right-wing leader in a joint interview excerpted on the front page of "Israeli" Yedioth Ahronoth.
Netanyahu had no immediate response, but a senior member of his governing coalition brushed off the censure.
Danny Yatom, who headed the Mossad during Netanyahu's first stint in office in the late 1990s, called for his ouster, accusing him and his aides of "putting their interests ahead of ‘national' interests" as corruption investigations deepen.
Police questioned Netanyahu on Monday over his alleged dealings with the country's largest telecommunication company, one of three cases weighing on his political future. Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing and opinion polls show his popularity is still high.
"We are in a critical medical state. It could be that the country had symptoms when Netanyahu took over, but he has brought it to the grave condition of a malignant disease," Zvi Zamir, Mossad director from 1968 to 1974, was quoted as saying by Yedioth.
Netanyahu's office did not immediately respond.
So-called Education Minister Naftali Bennett, a hardliner in the entity's conservative coalition government, took to Twitter to dismiss the allegations aired by the ex-spymasters as "simply untrue".
"The country is in an excellent condition," said Bennett, who has cast himself as a possible successor to Netanyahu.
"Among most of our leadership, the good of the country is first and foremost .... ‘Israel' is going in a good direction!"
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