The "Gatekeepers" explains very clearly the purpose of this process. The politicians use the IDF to stir hatred against the Israeli occupier, generating a reaction which the Shin Bet efficiently suppresses, generating more hatred and more reaction. And if any Western cartoonist dares to comment we will activate our lobbyists to stamp on him hard. The people of the free world see through this even if their leaders turn their heads, and in the longer term Israel slithers down the slope to be no better than the neighbours it abhors.
Hungarian police find body of missing Israeli hiker, Israeli foreign ministry reports (Haaretz)