Israel's Chief Censor: No Iran Secrets Have Been Revealed

Military censor Sima Vaknin-Gil says 'discourse' on action against Iran approved for publication, but 'no secret information disclosed' so far.

At a lecture at the University of Haifa, chief military censor Sima Vaknin-Gil commented on the policy regarding publication of recent reports surrounding the public discourse over a possible attack on Iran.

"As long as it is a matter of discourse expressing positions regarding one action or another against Iran, it [publication of the report] is approved. No secret information has been disclosed up to now and no senior individual in the system has spoken on the subject," she said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, flanked by security guards and advisers, arriving at a meeting of his Likud faction in the Knesset, October 31, 2011. Tomer Appelbaum

Vaknin-Gil also commented on the role of the censor: "The meaning of the concept of state security from my standpoint is one of national security. Therefore I also deal with subjects that are not only at the core of security matters, but also subjects related to elements of Israel's foreign relations, elements related to American-Israeli relations, Israeli-Egyptian relations, and so forth. I can say that Israel has a place of honor with regard to countries that respect freedom of expression, but what can you do? There are things that don't need to be public. I am familiar with the argument that the censor has no teeth, and I tell them the censor has a lot of power," she said.