(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Subcommittee for Intelligence members may
find themselves undergoing a polygraph test if committee chairman Avigdor
Liberman (Likud Beytenu) has his way.
A committee spokesman would neither
confirm nor deny the report, but when he was asked which subcommittee’s members
Liberman wants to subject to a lie detector test, he said it was the
“The Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee is
considering all of its options to prevent leaks that can harm national
security,” the spokesman said, following a report by Channel 2’s Amit Segal on
the possible polygraph tests.
A spokesman for Liberman declined to
The intelligence subcommittee’s members include Liberman, Shas
leader Arye Deri, Labor MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer , Likud Beytenu MK Tzachi
Hanegbi and Yesh Atid faction chairman Ofer Shelah.
considering polygraph tests nearly two weeks after the contents of a meeting
with Shin Bet chief Yoram Cohen were leaked to the press.
Soon after the
leak, he sent a letter to Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee members
telling them they will no longer be made privy to classified
“From many years of experience in the Knesset and my
familiarity with those working here, and in light of what MKs said in the
meeting and the twisted version [of the events] that was passed on to the media,
it is obvious to me who stands behind the leak, and I find it unfortunate that
he harmed the committee’s work and the Knesset’s good name,” Liberman wrote.