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At the end of Wednesday night’s segment of Channel 10’s Hamakor show alleging
that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu double-billed for two trips abroad, the
co-presenter of the investigative program, Ofer Shelah, said that while it was
possible to draw conclusions from the report, he wanted to tell a little
He then went on to say that in a Channel 2/YouTube interview last
week, the prime minister, when asked by someone named Noa what book he was
reading, answered that he was reading one called Security of the State by a
Shelah said that he went to the Internet to search for a
book by that name.
“There is no book with that name, or a similar name,”
he said. “I didn’t find a book by a British agent.”
Shelah said he could
have been mistaken and couldn’t find the book, so he called Netanyahu’s
spokesman, who “until this time” did not tell him what book he was
“The question is, I am not saying, God forbid, that the prime
minister is lying about the book that he is reading, but how does that happen?”
he asked, leaving the impression that Netanyahu was playing hard and fast with
It just so happens, however, that about a week before that
interview, Netanyahu flew down to see work on the new security barrier on the
Egyptian border, and took some journalists – including this reporter – with him
on the helicopter.
On that helicopter ride he was reading a book called
Securing the State
, by David Omand, formerly the UK’s security and intelligence
co-coordinator responsible for controlling the overall direction for the British
prime minister of the country’s counter-terrorism strategy.