Furious at Leak, Bibi Scraps Cabinet Meeting

Accuses Unknown Culprit of Betraying Israel's Trust

By Haaretz

Published September 05, 2012.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unexpectedly canceled a security cabinet meeting on Wednesday morning, telling ministers that information from the first part of the meeting, held the day before, was leaked.

Benjamin Netanyahu
Benjamin Netanyahu

“A short while after the meeting yesterday something serious happened,” Netanyahu said. “A leak from the cabinet discussions… someone severely damaged the trust that Israel’s citizens have in this forum.” Netanyahu added that the person responsible for the leak “broke the basic rules of holding discussions in the security cabinet. He also hurt the good name of those who attended the meeting and did not leak information.”

On Tuesday, the cabinet convened for an eight-hour meeting, during which ministers received an annual briefing by leaders Israel’s intelligence community. The meeting was expected to focus on Iran’s nuclear program, the civil war in Syria and the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise to power in Egypt, and speakers included director of Military Intelligence Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, Mossad chief Tamir Pardo and Shin Bet security service chief Yoram Cohen.

Netanyahu said that Israel’s security “depends on the ability to hold classified and wide-ranging discussions in the political-security cabinet.

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