A State Organ With No Reason to Exist

The days when Nativ, a quasi-intelligence organization, served any purpose are long gone. Today its only purpose is to keep the state ombudsman busy.

The Nativ (literally, “road”) organization is the stepchild of government service. It’s sort of part of the intelligence community, but not – as is sometimes claimed – really equivalent to Military Intelligence, the Shin Bet security service and the Mossad. It’s sort of associated with the Foreign Ministry, but the ministry itself views it as an adventure-prone...