In an effort to defeat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the upcoming March 17 election, a rally calling for a change in Israel's leadership -- organized by "Israel Wants Change" leaders -- attracted some 35,000 people in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square last night, the Haaretz website reports today (March 8, 2015).
Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan -- the keynote speaker -- told the crowd that Israel faces its worst crisis ever under Netanyahu's leadership. The fact is that diplomatic relations between Israel and the United States are currently the worst they have been since Israel became an independent nation in 1948.
"No one denies that Iran's nuclear program is a threat, but going to war with the United States is not the way to stop it," Dagan said.
"Israel is a country surrounded by enemies, but the enemies are not scaring us," Dagan said. "I'm afraid of our leadership. I am afraid of a loss of determination, of a loss of of personal example. I am afraid of hesitancy and stalemate, and I am afraid above all of the crisis of leadership -- a leadership crisis that is the most severe ever here [in Israel]."