Heading into the weekend lets bring you up to date on what may well be the story of the week here in Israel.
It revolves around the very outspoken statements of the former director of Israel's powerful Mossad intelligence agency.
Meir Dagan was invited by Ben Gurion University in Tel Aviv to give a special speech – and he accepted.
Usually such officials do not speak publically because of the secretive nature of their work on behalf of the State.
But Mr. Dagan believes that the situation in Israel is similar to the days prior to the Yom Kippur War – and he feels he cannot remain quiet.
Dagan warned against a strike on Iran's nuclear capabilities saying that he will not allow another war like in 1973 on his conscience.
He firmly believes that if Israel were to attack, it would spark a regional war. He did say however, that he has no knowledge of a plan to attack Iran in the next two years.
Mr. Dagan did speak about other current topics, such as the Ofer family doing business with Iran saying that they did not violate the law if they only shipped merchandise and anchored in Iran. He backed up his statement saying that no one has imposed an embargo upon Iran.
Dagan also presented his view on the efforts to create a deal with Hamas to free the captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. He opposes the present formula for resolve – which essentially is a swap of prisoners for the soldier.
He claims that due to release of Palestinians in a previous deal (the Tenenbaum affair), 231 people were killed.
One of the most stunning things he said was what many have advocated concerning the peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority saying that Israel should have said 'yes' to the Saudi peace initiative which would have normalized the States relationship with the Arab world for an Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 borders.
Then on the country's leadership, he dropped his biggest bombs, saying Israel's Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has no responsibility, no vision, and no wisdom. (WOW…)
This may be a case of the political elite breaking silence, or it could be a situation of those 'in the know' running off at the mouth (as one commentator here put it).
But one cannot put away the fact that this may be a decoy to an upcoming action – a smoke screen to an Israeli military operation.
Time will tell – but until then – Mr. Dagan has everyone's attention here in Israel (and the Middle East).
Middle east Correspondent