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IDF Whistleblower Suing Ha’aretz and its Reporter for Exposing Her

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Former IDF soldier Anat Kam, who has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison after being convicted on an illegal possession of classified information, on Thursday sued the newspaper Ha’aretz, its reporter Uri Blau, and former news desk chief Avi Zilberberg, to the tune of 2.6 million shekel ($720 thousand).

Kam contends that she was exposed as the source of Blau’s information, leading to her arrest. In an unusual move, Kam asked the court to order the reporter to pay much of the money out of his own pocket, for his “special role in causing great injustice” to her, she said. The newspaper has not yet responded to the suit.

During her military service as a clerk in the office of the Central Command, Kam was exposed to “presentations and documents of various level of security classification,” including summaries of discussions, deployment of forces, investigations and status assessments. In advance of her discharge, she copied the documents to a CD that she took home. About a year after her discharge, she offered the documents to the military correspondent of Yediot Aharonot, Yossi Yehoshua, but in the end did not give away the material.

In October, 2008, the lawsuit relates, Kam met up with Blau, they chatted and discovered that they had attended the same high school. Blau offered Kam a ride to Jerusalem, where her parents live, and during the trip told her about his journalistic background and his own exposure to military matters.

“She had the impression that Blau was a serious and responsible journalist, and since it was clear to her that, in any case, his reports at Ha’aretz would be subject to military censorship restrictions,” she decided to hand over to him the CD containing the documents.

According to Kam, before delivering the CD to Blau, she demanded that he would never reveal where he obtained the documents, and that he tell no one at Ha’aretz that she was his source.

A few days later, Blau called her on his cellphone and told her he was excited about the material. The two had a few more discussions, until finally Blau published his story in November, 2008. The report incorporated photographs of two documents he had received from Kam. A few months later, another article appeared, incorporating another classified document.

On December 15, 2009, Kam’s world came crashing down, the lawsuit says, referring to the day when the GSS called her in for questioning.” Kam tried to contact Blau, but a mutual acquaintance said he was on a long trip abroad. At the GSS, her interrogators told her that they’re checking the leak to Blau. Kam confessed, and spent nearly two years under house arrest, with an “overseer.” She had to quit her job and could only leave her home to report at the police, or to visit a doctor. A year and a half ago, she was sentenced to four and a half years in prison, and three months ago the Supreme Court shortened her sentence by one year.

The lawsuit suggests that Ha’aretz was responsible for her exposure, since publishing the classified documents left only Kam, the clerk who handled those documents at Central Command, as the most logical suspect. It also argues that the chief military censor advised to Ha’aretz against publishing the actual documents, in order to shield their source.

In the end, according to the Kam lawsuit, the GSS was willing to give her immunity from charges on the documents which reporter Blau handed back to the military, so that, essentially, had he given back everything – she could have been spared much of her sentence.

Now she wants to make him pay.

Yori Yanover

New Netanyahu Coalition Govt All Cobbled and Ready, Maybe

Monday, March 18th, 2013

On Monday evening, the Knesset will host the swearing in ceremony for Israel’s 33rd government, and Benjamin Netanyahu’s third term—second consecutive—as prime minister (his first term ran from June 1996 to July 1999).

Immediately after the ceremony, Netanyahu will convene a brief cabinet meeting, with a toast. Then the bunch (22 ministers and 8 deputies) will travel to the presidential residence, for the traditional group picture.

The Knesset session will open with the selection of the Speaker of the House. It will likely be Likud MK Yuli Edelstein, who will replace the former Speaker, Reuven Rivlin, who wanted very much to continue in his post but, unfortunately, had committed the ultimate sin of criticizing the Prime Minister’s anti-democratic tendencies, not the kind of slight which Netanyahu’s wife Sara easily forgives.

As usual, Netanyahu never shared with Rivlin his plan to depose him. In fact, as far back as a year ago, he assured the popular Speaker—who is also closely associated with the Settlement movement—that he’d have his support for the post of President when Shimon Peres completes his 7-year term, 2014.

Yuli Edelstein’s life’s story is fascinating: Born in the Soviet Union to Jewish parents who converted to Christianity (his father is a Russian Orthodox priest), Edelstein discovered his Jewish connection through his grandparents. He studied Hebrew back when that was considered a subversive act, for which, in 1984, he was sent to Siberia (the charges were drug related, but everybody knew it was the Hebrew thing). He made aliyah with his wife, Tanya, served in the army, and entered politics, ending up in the Knesset in 1996. He has switched between several parties, until finally landing in the Likud, and has held several ministerial portfolios. And if he doesn’t catch Sara’s ire, he could become as memorable a Speaker as Rubie Rivlin.

But the biggest losers, without a doubt, are the Haredi parties, Shas and United Torah Judaism. They were almost literally kicked out by Yair Lapid, who stated openly that, should he be seen in the government group picture with the Haredim, his voters would abandon him. Surprisingly, Naftali Bennett, his newly found brother from a different father (Yair’s father, the late MK Tommy Lapid, was a true hater of the religion), supported the dubious position that, in order to truly help the Haredi public, government had to first be cleared of Haredi partners.

Shas, a party that depends completely on patronage for its very existence, is seething with anger over Bennett’s “betrayal.” It’s hard, however, to take seriously the victimized self-pity of Shas, whose spiritual father Rav Ovadia Yosef dubbed the Jewish Home party a “Goy Home.” Altogether, it appears that, perhaps counter intuitively, the National Religious leaders as well as the rank and file, have been harboring heaps of resentment against the Haredim. The Haredi slights of several decades, including their occupation of the Ministry of Religious Services and the Chief rabbinate, doling out jobs to Haredi officials who reigned over a population that looks nothing like them—those slighted chickens have been coming back to roost.

Take for instance Rabbi Hayim Drukman, who responded to both the Haredi pols and to Netanyahu, who accused the Lapid-Bennett axis of “boycotting” the Haredi parties. Rabbi Drukman Argued that “the Haredi public are the biggest boycotters, boycotting for years the Torah of the national religious public.”

“Any Haredi apparatchik who gets elected to the Knesset, immediately becomes a rabbi, while the real rabbis of the national religious public are noted in the Haredi press by their first names (without the title ‘Rabbi’). Is this not boycotting?” Rabbi Druckman wrote in the Saturday shul paper “Olam Katan.”

Inside Shas, the short knives have already been drawn and they’re aimed at MK Aryeh Deri, the former convict who came back from the cold to lead Shas into a glorious stalemate (11 seats before, 11 after).

“We were very disappointed in Deri,” a senior Shas pol told Ma’ariv. “He did not bring the votes he promised Rav Ovadia, there was no significant change in seats, and, in fact, Deri is responsible for our failure.”

In United Torah Judaism they also seem to regret their alliance with Shas, it’s highly likely that, in a few months, they’ll opt to enter the government without Shas.

Yori Yanover

UPDATED: Terrorist Killed Near Shavei Shomron

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

During a GSS (General Security Service) operation in Deir Sharaf, between Shavei Shomron and Einav, a Palestinian vehicle deliberately crashed into the side of the GSS jeep.

As a result the jeep flipped, and all five of its occupants were lightly injured.

The Palestinian driver of the terror vehicle then exited his car brandishing an ax and yelling “Allahu Akbar”. The Palestinian terrorist managed to wound two of the Israelis in the car.

At that point the GSS agents recovered enough and managed to shoot back and kill the terrorist.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Thousands of Reservists Rally for Equal Share of Military Burden

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

As the Shabbat day turned into dusk, many hundreds of by-and-large secular Israelis who have done their military service and are now spending many weeks each year in reserve duty, gathered at the railway station in the city center, where in recent weeks the “Suckers’ Camp” was built by their brethren. Later in the evening, they all marched to the Tel Aviv Museum on King Saul Street, where the main rally was attracting tens of thousands (police estimate was between 30 and 40 thousand).

The keynote speaker, former GSS chief Yuval Diskin, said: “I served this country for thirty-seven years with love and with hope, and throughout these long years I did not even once, even for one moment, feel that I was a sucker. When I joined, almost everyone enlisted, but when I got out I discovered that we are close to the point where almost no one is enlisting. And that’s the whole story.”

Former Mossad chief, MK Avi Dichter said: “A large public is demanding this evening that which an overwhelming majority of Knesset members demand – a an historic legislation to establish the message: We all serve.”

Dichter added that “everything is leading to a bill to be prepared in the next few days.”

Student Union Chairman Itzik Shmully, who was a leader of last summer’s popular movement for social change in Israel, spoke from the podium to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

“Mr. Prime Minister, tonight is the time for your own personal decision. All of Israel expects you, the Prime Minister of Israel, to make the most important decision in your public life and decide – are you a politician or Leader?” Shmuly said.

“If you are a politician – go ahead and establish build more panels and committees. If you’re a leader – make clear decisions! If you are a politician – continue to make deals and play for time. If you’re a leader – find the courage to make the right decisions now. If you are a politician, continue to speculate with our obligation to always defend our country, but if you’re a leader, then your commitment should be to establish here an egalitarian society.”

Several former high-ranking officers picked this evening to show their solidarity with the demonstrators.

Former chief of staff Dan Halutz, dropped a political bombshell in an interview on Meet the Press with Dana Weiss on Channel 2, and announced that he was retiring from Kadima.

“Following the moves of Mofaz and Netanyahu I’m leaving Kadima,” and delivered a jab at his party chairman: “I think we’ve had enough of these games, and politicians who sit in the government should take the actions required of them. For them to demonstrate in this rally would be a cynical move. After all, if they had solved the problem, there won’t be a need for the protest.”

Kadima Chairman Shaul Mofaz attended the rally, as did MK wannabe Yair Lapid and former Kadima chairperson Tzipi Livni.

Retired general Moshe Kaplinsky attend the rally, having told Channel 2: “I am here because a lot of people here were my soldiers. They are carrying an unreasonable share of the burden.”

Another former chief of staff, Gabi Ashkenazi, took the stage and said that since he celebrated his son’s wedding this week, he could not arrive on time. “I’m glad I’m here, I salute all of you,” he concluded excitedly.

For some background information try Mofaz to Netanyahu: You Must Accept Haredi Conscription.

Jacob Edelist

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