Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. If any among you - ministers, Knesset members, generals, senior officials - has never leaked a state secret, let him cast the stone. And let the journalist who never been in possession of a confidential document and refrained from publishing it continue to throw stones at his colleagues.
Let every Israeli mother decide if she has entrusted her sons to an army and government worthy of her trust. Do reports of assassinations by the Israel Defense Forces in violation of a High Court of Justice ruling endanger the boys more than the petty disputes among the top brass?
Let the parents judge whether exposing the debates in the General Command is more dangerous than the corruption and hedonism in high places.
Perhaps the rift between Israel's prime minister and the U.S. president is a greater threat to state security, because it disrupts, among other things, the effort to eliminate the Iranian nuclear threat. We have already judged, but we will not accuse them of betraying their country.
The IDF chief of staff must have been really furious over Uri Blau's expose in Haaretz in November 2008 to set off such a scandalous wave of investigations and accusations. He should be complaining about the scarcity of leaks, not their prevalence. Many disasters and injustices could have been averted, had the public known the real state of affairs.
One may object to or even outright reject the position of Haaretz in this wretched, unnecessary affair. Certain MKs did not stop there, and sought to punish and silence the newspaper. MK Israel Hasson (Kadima) for example, a former deputy chief of the Shin Bet security service, called on subscribers to follow his lead in canceling their subscriptions on account of "the harm to national security and to our children."
One can understand the Shin Bet officials. They would like to shut up Haaretz completely. As far as they're concerned it would be much more pleasant here if we all sang from the hymnbook of the national chorus.
But the highest medal of dishonor goes to MK Ronit Tirosh (Kadima), who, not satisfied with citing merely our living children, enlisted the dead as well. "It is infuriating that on the eve of Holocaust Day we find that displays of anti-Semitism exist even in our midst," she said. Tirosh, a former Education Ministry director general, urged Haaretz to "take stock," explaining, "Spies in our midst is the last thing Israel needs right now.
They will never understand that when journalists are gagged, elected officials soon follow, even when they have nothing useful to say.
No need for proper disclosure here; the undersigned is known to write for this newspaper. Not by force but by choice - he could have written for ones with a larger circulation. But he chose Haaretz, which publishes numerous opinions while maintaining its own position - unlike all the other newspapers, which have given up their editorials for fear of annoying their readers.
Today, standing on principles is a luxury, and having a worldview is reserved for bleeding-heart liberals.
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