Channel 12 news reports that the Mossad operation touted today by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to discover information about the whereabouts of IDF soldier Ron Arad, who has been missing since 1988, was in fact a failure.
The network says that breaking the information during the opening of the Knesset winter session was “more a media headline and political drama than an actual significant development.
“It was a courageous, daring, complex operation, but it was a failure. We failed,” the Mossad chief is quoted as saying in an internal meeting.
“It was better not to publish it. There was unfortunately no breakthrough here,” the outlet quotes an unnamed security official as saying.
Channel 13 news quotes an official saying Bennett “made political use of a sensitive operation.”