8 thoughts on “Israeli Censorship, National Security, and Keystone Cops – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. Would it not be reasonable for a country to censor information that could damage its security? There is nothing to gain in advertising the name of the person from whom the laptop was stolen. The names of people handling nuclear or other sensitive information should be kept a secret for obvious reasons.
    I don’t understand why one would accept that. After all, I heard that certain people censor off topic messages from their website!! Isn’t that censorship as well?

  2. Richard,

    You are assuming that Israel doesn’t want the information disseminated.

    We have pretended for years that Israel does not have nuclear weaponry. Heck, The West Wing made fun of that during the early Sorkin years, which is almost a generation ago.

    Obama and Netanyahu are meeting soon, presumably (as you said) to discuss Iran. Originally, it was to set Binyamin straight that he was not to invade. Being able to say, “Iran now has detailed information about our nuclear capabilities, including locations” might change that discussion.

    1. Ken,
      You should write a book. Maybe in fact Bibi is an Iranian agent and Ahmadinejad works for the Mossad? Did I forget to say that Obama was replaced by a double who works for the MI5?

  3. “But the U.S. too would love to have such information (though I hardly think they’d stoop to burglary to get it).”

    Now, THAT’S hilarious!! LOL!

  4. I have never understood people’s defense of state secrecy (that is, of censorship and enforcement of do-not-disclose laws) in the case of “secrets” which are already “out”. The populace (here, the Israeli people) are somewhat impeded from learning the truth about their government (here, the embarrassing truth), but all enemies can read about the events in the foreign media (here this web-site).

    Of course, for any Israeli official to confirm the events reported here would make them more nearly “the truth” and not so much “speculation”, “enemy propaganda”, etc. So perhaps the issue is one of truth. and perhaps the issue is the trade-off between Israelis knowing the truth (valuable, since Israeli is a democracy for its Jewish citizens) as against occicials confirming what may seem (to enemies) merely “speculation”, “fabrication”, etc.

    Since I don’t believe anything the israeli government says (e.g., that various prisoners died of suicide or of natural causes rather than after torture), I naturally tend to believe what I read here over anything the GoI says about anything.

    1. You make a very valid point. You can’t “un-ring” the bell. This being said, I disagree with you on two points. First, while I am very skeptic about government’s announcements, I would be at least as skeptic if I were you of websites which, you would have to agree, have a political flavor.
      Second, I disagree with your statement that ” Israel is a democracy for its Jewish citizens” implying that non-Jews in Israel do not enjoy democracy. Yes, it is much better to be a Jew than an Arab in Israel. I would simply point out that the lack of the equality we would all like to see does not mean there is no democracy. There are 12 Arabs in the Knesset out of 120 members. please compare that to the number of Hispanics or African Americans in the US Congress. Isn’t it much better to be a white man in America?

      1. The Hispanics and African Americans in the US Congress have far more power. They are potentially members of a majority that has real power. The Palestinians in the Knesset are always frozen out of coalition-forming, even at the times when there is great difficulty putting together a majority.

  5. I thought Israel’s not officially admitting that it has nuclear weapons was part of a deal Israel struck with the U.S. government under President Nixon, because, once the U.S. government had to admit Israel has nuclear weapons, it would be illegal for the U.S. to provide military assistance to Israel, and no U.S. government wants to pay the political cost that refusing the aid would involve.

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