Noam Sheizaf reports that finally, humbled by the disdain of the entire Israeli nation, the Shin Bet will announce tomorrow morning the end of the gag order on the Anat Kam-Uri Blau case. This is a feeble attempt at damage control, as every major Israeli media outlet has heaped scorn and derision on the police, courts and intelligence services for their attempt to prevent the nation from knowing formally what almost every Israeli knows informally: that Anat Kam leaked top secret IDF memos which revealed senior commanders flagrantly disregarded a Supreme Court directive limiting targeted killing of Palestinians. In fact, the top brass not only thumbed their nose at the Court, they lied about the assassination and claimed the victims resisted (meaning they got what they had coming to them), which they did not.
Everything about this case reeks to high heaven, except the good citizens who leaked the document (Kam) and her journalist-collaborator, Uri Blau, who published the expose in Haaretz in 2008. It reeks even more because the Court has done nothing to force the issue and the IDF remains accountable to virtually no one on this and most other security issues.
We must keep the Israeli public’s eye on the fact that the wrongdoers here are neither Kam nor Blau, who remains in exile in London because the IDF and Shin Bet want a piece of him as well. The wrongdoers are the ones with medals and epaulets. To the extent that the police continue pursuing the whistleblowers, we will continue to make them pay a price for that by pointing out that such a pursuit is inimical to the values of a free, democratic society, which Israel likes to claim it is.
If and when Uri Blau returns to Israel he should be feted by any Israeli, even ones opposed to his views, as someone who embraced values of skepticism in the face of government power. I doubt it will happen, but it should.
The next major milestone is the Kam trial scheduled to start on April 14th if she doesn’t work out a plea bargain with the prosecution first.