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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Surprise: Ehud Barak tells biographers Israel canceled plans to attack Iran in 2010, 2011 and 2012

Israel's Channel 2 television obtained recordings of former Defense Minister (and Prime Minister and IDF Chief of Staff) Ehud Barak telling biographers that Israel planned to strike Iran in 2010, 2011 and 2012... and then called off the strikes because someone in the IDF (Gabi Ashkenazi) or the cabinet (Boogie Yaalon, Yuval Steinitz) objected . You can watch a CNN report about the recordings here.

Here in Israel, there is outrage over the report. Yisrael Beiteinu party leader Avigdor Lieberman is accusing Barak of giving away state secrets.
Liberman told Army Radio that he was “more than surprised” at Barak, and said statements such as those given by the former minister would ultimately strengthen Iran.
“I think that when moves and discussions that should have been closely guarded state secrets are discussed by the press, it relays that you are a talker, that you aren’t serious, that you’re unreliable,” he said.
“That is why, among other reasons, Iran is being coddled by the international community, and we have been backed into a corner… These things should only have been discussed in closed forums.”
Asked whether he believed Barak was guilty of revealing state secrets, Liberman responded that he had “no doubt” that was the case.
And the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee is opening an investigation... into how the tapes got out.
Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman Tzahi Hanegbi (Likud) said on Sunday he intends to investigate whether information divulged by former Defense Minister Ehud Barak regarding a possible Iran strike was properly cleared for publication, and if so, why.
Speaking to Israel Radio on Sunday, Hanegbi said such publications do not serve Israel's security interests. When asked if Barak harmed Israel's security, Hanegbi refuse to answer, but said that as the head of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee he plans to summon officials from the censor's office and hear their explanation.

Barak spoke of the plans in conversations with his biographers, Dani Dor and Ilan Kfir. Excerpts from the recordings were aired on Israel Channel 2’s weekly news magazine on Friday.

Channel 2 said Barak did not want the material released, but the IDF military censor approved the publication.

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At 4:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stuff like this makes me doubt Israel's survival....

At 9:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is this giving away state secrets by letting the public know which one of their leaders is spineless? Seems to me that he is protecting the country by outing the useless among the Israeli government.

At 12:05 AM, Blogger Mordechai Y. Scher said...

The problem is that Ehud Barah (yes, as in 'ran away') threw his integrity down the toilet in the 90s, if not sooner. Ever since the Tzeilim incident he has shown his primary concern is his own image. Tzeilim, the retreat from Lebanon and betrayal of our allies there, etc. Seems to me (especially with today's newest headline about his comments on Bibi) that his insecurity has kicked in and he is looking for a way to rescue his legacy and image at the end of the road. At other's expense, of course. I also wonder if there might be some old tension with the Netanyahus going all the way back to Sayeret Matkal days. No matter what, his motives are suspect and his info *may* be tainted.


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