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Channel 2 reporter Amnon Abramovich took the unusual step of revealing on
Tuesday that Defense Minister Ehud Barak was not the source of his scoop last
Wednesday that Industry, Trade, and Labor Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer had met
with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
Ben-Eliezer had publicly
accused Barak of harming Israel’s security and foreign relations by leaking news
of the meeting, and he threatened to “skewer” Barak’s spokesman.
had vigorously denied that he was the source of the report, although he
confirmed that he was one of the few people who, unlike Foreign Minister
Lieberman, was told about the meeting in advance.
“I don’t know how it
works for other journalists,” Abramovich wrote in Tuesday’s Yediot
“I, for instance, remember the leaks and forget who my sources
were. I use the content and erase the procedure.
[But] amid the uproar
over harming policies and security, amid the accusations and the
the skewering and the poking, it is important and fair for me to say:
was not my source.”
Abramovich told Army Radio that he decided to admit
that Barak was not his source after he received phone calls from people
the defense minister who accused him of causing him great political harm
The calls came after Yediot Aharonot led their
newspaper on Monday with Ben-Eliezer’s accusations.
“A witch hunt ensued
accusing Barak of harming Israel’s security and foreign policy,” he
I saw an innocent man’s blood is shed, I felt an obligation to reveal
Barak was not the source.”
Abramovich refused to reveal who his source
was, leaving politicians from across the political spectrum to
Barak’s ally, Labor secretarygeneral Weizmann Shiri, hinted in
a radio interview on Sunday that he believed the leak came from a Labor
He later ruled out Ben-Eliezer and Agriculture Minister Shalom
Welfare and Social Services Minister Isaac Herzog said Thursday
that he believed Lieberman leaked the meeting because he was angry about
left in the dark.
Ben-Eliezer’s spokesman declined to respond to
Abramovich’s article. He said that Ben-Eliezer still did not know who
Lieberman told Army Radio Tuesday morning that he was not angry
at Ben-Eliezer or Netanyahu for keeping him out of the loop. He said his
with the prime minister on Friday was not intended to “open a new page”
“We meet on a regular basis every Friday,” he said.
“It was not an emergency meeting as it was portrayed. There is nothing