Israeli lawyers, Michael Sfard and Avigdor Feldman presented an appeal against the severe restraints placed on the movement and activities of Mordechai Vanunu after he completed his 18 year prison sentence. Among them, are prohibiting him from leaving Israel. In response to their appeal, the Israeli Military Home Command has, eleven years after completing his sentence, now graciously broadened the circle of permitted activities:
The appellant is now permitted, without receiving prior authorization, to conduct an oral incidental conversation with foreigners, as long as such conversation is a one-time matter, conducted face-to-face in a public space open to the broad public, not planned in advance, and not lasting more than 30 minutes.
Conversations with foreigners are not permitted in writing nor in any other form of communication, including the internet.
Instead of revealing its omniscience and omnipotence in controlling the every movement of this individual–such sadistic, brutish, vengeful acts by a state against a single citizen reveals desperation. The Israeli national security state is bankrupt morally. Whatever acts Vanunu engaged in in the past, he’s paid his price. A State that is so afraid of a lone individual is pathetic.