Ex-Mossad head Meir Dagan returns after Belarus liver transplant

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Retired Mossad head Meir Dagan, who had a liver transplant in Belarus, returned to Israel.

The transplant was announced by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on Oct. 16.  Lukashenko said the operation took place on Oct. 6 and that Belarus agreed to allow the surgery after other countries refused.

Dagan, 67 was ineligible to receive a liver in Israel because patients are only placed on the waiting list from Israel’s transplant center up until age 65. There are currently 160 people on the waiting list, according to Haaretz.

Dagan received his liver from a cadaver donor, according to reports. The transplant was funded by his Israeli HMO.

Dagan retired from the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, in 2011. Since then he has repeatedly called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to launch an attack on Iranian nuclear sites.

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