Yuval Steinitz 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
The revelations in the al-Dura case will discourage the foreign press from
forging stories about Israel in the future, Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval
Steinitz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on
“Even if we should have looked into the incident long ago, it was
important to finish the investigation so that it would deter international media
organizations that air dubious materials,” he explained.
has no idea where Muhammad al-Dura can be found today, Steinitz added, and the
IDF and Shin Bet have a lot of work to do other than search for
Steinitz spoke at length about his ministry’s efforts to fight
delegitimization of Israel, saying that it is a battle that “can’t be won in a
knock-out,” but must be fought.
The Strategic Affairs Ministry has a plan
to fight delegitimization and is working and coordinating activities with many
Jewish organizations around the world.
Foreign Affairs and Defense
Committee chairman Avigdor Liberman (Likud Beytenu) said that the government’s
dealings with public diplomacy and fighting delegitimization is chaotic, because
four offices deal with the issue: the Foreign Ministry, Strategic Affairs
Ministry, Diaspora Affairs Ministry and the Jewish Agency.
“In order to
make things efficient and have better results, we need there to be one office
that coordinates all of the efforts,” Liberman suggested.
natural thing is for the Foreign Ministry to take care of it.”
is a former foreign minister, and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu promised he
could return to the post if he is exonerated in his ongoing corruption trial.
Relations between Liberman and Steinitz grew tense as the government was formed,
following a Jerusalem Post report
that Netanyahu considered giving the ministry
to Steinitz if Liberman is convicted.
According to Liberman, the
Strategic Affairs Ministry’s job should be to provide an in-depth examination of
intelligence to the prime minister and cabinet and be responsible for the
budgets of intelligence agencies.