Let's look at the real facts here: 1) Amos Harel reported on October 9th on a report by the IAEA that stated Iran slowed progress on its nuclear weapons program, thus pushing back the clock on estimates of when Iran will be nuclear ready. 2) Harel reported that the intelligence community in Israel considers the report "highly reliable" and that they have independent intelligence that verifies the reports validity. 3) Harel also reminded readers that Netanyahu himself postponed the "deadline" for stopping Iran's nuclear program to next year. 4) Harel quoted a senior Israeli defense official as giving a more precise timeframe for the deadline as "8 months at least". Therefore, the Israeli public was not withheld any information "regarding its future survival" as Pfeffer wants the Israeli public to believe. The information was distributed deliberately and clearly. If Barak spoke to Harel on the condition of anonymity as Pfeffer implies, it only shows that Barak thought the information was important for the public to know. If Barak thought there was a political interest in keeping the information from the public, why would he have told it to Harel at all? Barak probably felt that he could go on record with the British journalist about the timeline because his earlier anonymous quote was already published 3 weeks earlier in Israel and reprinted around the world without causing a stir in the Prime Minister's Office. If it seems unlikely that Pfeffer is attacking Ehud Barak for narrow political reasons, perhaps you could propose why he would try to convince readers that Barak was withholding information from the public that Barak himself leaked to the public.
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