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Former Israeli official blasts Netanyahu

JERUSALEM — In a harsh interview published Friday, less than three weeks before Israel’s national elections, a former head of the internal security service accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of placing his ‘‘personal, opportunistic, and current interests’’ over those of the state when making crucial policy decisions regarding the Iranian nuclear program, the Palestinian conflict, and other matters.

Yuval Diskin, who resigned 18 months ago as head of the security service, known as the Shin Bet, said other prime ministers he had worked closely with, both conservative and liberal, ‘‘came from this place in which the interests of the state stand above all else,’’ in contrast to Netanyahu and his defense minister, Ehud Barak.

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