From the realm of Chelm:
I’m displaying a copy of a gag order sent to an Israeli media outlet. The document appears precisely as it was received. For those who don’t read Hebrew, it was sent by the Israeli police and originates in the Nazareth district court:
…Our division is conducting an investigation in collaboration with the Shin Bet [blacked out]…
We have asked the district court to approve this gag order pertaining to all details of the case including identification of the suspects and any other details related to the case, including those under detention and any who may in future be detained [blacked out].
This eminent document of Israeli jurisprudence is proudly signed by Judge Yifat Shitrit.
For anyone here who’s been sleeping through today’s class in Israeli Democracy 101 here’s a question for you:
1. how would the media outlet know what case the court is forbidding it to report? That’s right, any identifying information is blacked out.
All I can say after Yaakov Smirnoff is: “Whata country!” Or as my informant and several other Israelis have written to me: “Welcome to Chelm!”
So you have a few options in attempting to evaluate the Israeli intelligence community. Are they stupid? Or sly like a fox? Are they brutally efficient or brutally inept or some combination?