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Oct 6, 2008 10:26 | Updated Oct 6, 2008 14:04
Ex-officials misled by pro-Obama video
By MATT ZALEN AND SHANI ROSENFELDER
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A video released by the Jewish Council for Education & Research which appeared to show several retired senior IDF and Mossad officials supporting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has proven to be misleading, with a number of officials who appeared in the video saying on Monday that their words were taken out of context.
Maj.-Gen. (Res.) Uzi Dayan,…

Maj.-Gen. (Res.) Uzi Dayan, founder of the Tafnit party.
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“It’s not only misleading, it was an interview about what the next president was going to have to deal with,” former deputy chief of staff Maj.-Gen. (res.) Uzi Dayan told The Jerusalem Post. “And to know that they used this interview and took five seconds, and put me in a list of people praising Barack Obama…

“It wasn’t about the campaign, it was about the political and security issues of the Middle East that the next president should be involved in,” he continued. “Nothing was said about Obama or [Republican presidential candidate John] McCain.”

“I don’t want other people to interfere in my elections, and I must not interfere with the elections in the United States,” he said, adding that to do so would be neither “ethical nor smart.”

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In the video, the senior Israeli officials appear to support Obama’s stated policy that dialogue with Iran would be the best way of confronting the current nuclear crisis. Dayan said that his position is just the opposite.

“I don’t think that we – either the United States or Israel – should be engaged with Iran, because the Iranians will take advantage of that,” the former deputy chief of staff said. “Our issue is to prevent Iran from achieving nuclear capability.”