Israel’s announcement that it was behind the attack of a nuclear reactor in Syria one decade ago raised some criticism on Wednesday, as former Mossad director Tamir Pardo declared that before his spy agency provided information on the facility, Israel suffered a failure of intelligence about Syria’s nuclear ambitions.


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Former Mossad director Tamir Pardo on Wednesday declared that the intelligence provided by Israel’s spy agency was what enabled the successful operation against the nuclear facility in Syria. The former intelligence chief also criticized what he called an “ego war” among Israel’s intelligence community.

“I am not certain that it was essential to make the operation public at this time,” said Pardo. “The problem with successful operations is that the Jewish and Israeli dialectic attempts to take a success and turn it into an unusual ego war; everyone attempts to dwarf the other’s contribution.”

Pardo continued and said that it was a team of Mossad operatives who successfully collected the intelligence that led to the operation. “Thanks to this information, and this information only, the State of Israel knew about the reactor in Syria,” he said.

Pardo explained that the fact that the facility was nearing completion at the time of the operation was a “spectacular failure” on the part of Israel’s intelligence. The former official stressed that it was lucky that a handful of Mossad operatives successfully and immediately brought this information home.