IAF F15s refueling in-flight 311 (R).
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Senior ministers on Wednesday slammed the media debate about a possible attack
on Iran and accused those who leaked the information of harming the nation’s
“There has never been a breakdown of responsibility
and a campaign of recklessness like there is today,” Minister-without-Portfolio
Bennie Begin said in a series of media interviews that included Army Radio and
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For the last week, the media has spoken about government
debates regarding a possible Israeli strike against Iran’s nuclear
In one report, information from a meeting with Interior
Minister Eli Yishai was leaked, in which he was filmed by someone with a cell
phone saying that the responsibility of such a decision weighed heavily on
ran a front page story in which it said that Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak were soliciting support –
particularly among the Inner Cabinet, a forum of eight ministers – for a
military attack on Iran.
Last week, Yediot Aharonot
ran a frontpage
column titled “Atomic Pressure,” which made similar allegations.
media attention, Begin said, “pales in comparison to the acts of Anat Kamm, for
which she was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison.”
servants swore to guard state secrets forever, also after they leave their
positions,” Begin added.
Making such discussions public, he added: “Can
present real damage to the government’s abilities to make
Former National Security Council head Maj.-Gen. (res.) Giora
Eiland countered Begin’s attack on the now public debate on an Iranian military
It’s natural that this kind of discourse occurs, he told Army
“It’s hard to take a topic that the prime minister declares to be
the most important to the State of Israel and then prevent public debate about
it,” Eiland said.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that the media
reports had caused “tremendous damage” and that 99 percent of what had been
published in the media with regard to an Israeli military strike on Iran “had no
relation to the truth.”