JPost - Dagan: From what I know, Ofer bros. didn't break the law
- JPost - Wed, Jun 1, 2011
The Jerusalem Post
Dagan: From what I know, Ofer bros. didn't break the law
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Former Mossad chief says "there's no law against docking in Iran,"
there's no embargo, only sanctions; says he's worried about Israel.
Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan on Wednesday dismissed the scandal
surrounding the Ofer brothers' dealings with Iran for the second time in
The entire affair, he said, is a question of whether they broke the law
by sending merchandise to the Islamic Republic. "From what I know, they
didn't break the law."
The former Mossad chief told a conference in Tel Aviv that he was
speaking out not because he's the Ofer family defender - "I'm not their
representative." He explained, "I am just worried about the State of
The Ofer family, he said, did not trade with Iran. And besides, he
added, "nobody placed an embargo on Iran, they only placed sanctions on it."
On Monday, Dagan told reporters he thought the entire affair was
A day later, however, an air of mystery was injected into questions
raised after the US State Department placed sanctions on the Ofer
brothers for selling an oil tanker to Iran's state shipping company,
which is blacklisted as part of sanctions to prevent Iran developing a
A special session of the Knesset Economics Committee that was supposed
to shed light on the government's behavior in the affair was brought to
an abrupt halt after Committee Chairman MK Carmel Shama-Hacohen was
handed a mysterious note, after which he immediately adjourned the meeting.
Shama-Hacohen refused to identify the author of the note, but said it
wasn’t from a political or business related source, indicating that the
instruction may have been security related.