Speaking at event hosted by Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman details IDF deployment in exact numbers, which are classified • As minister outranks military censor, it is unclear if he violated guidelines.
Israel Hayom 22.10.2018
By Ariel Kahana
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday accidentally revealed sensitive information on military manpower.
Speaking at a symposium hosted by the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies, which was streamed live online, Lieberman spoke of “peak IDF deployment” and went into detail, including exact numbers, which are classified.
Lieberman was commenting on a recent report by IDF Ombudsman Maj. Gen. Yitzhak Brik, which claimed that the army was unprepared for war.
“Some of Maj. Gen. Brik’s remarks were true, but overall, he was wrong. The IDF has is in peak readiness,” Lieberman said.
Had anyone else gone into such detail, they would have been in violation of military censorship regulations. The Military Censor’s Office scrutinizes the publication of any information on the IDF and Israel’s intelligence agencies.
However, there is a legal dispute as to whether the defense minister and the chief of staff can actually be accused of such violations, as both outrank the military censor and therefore can determine what information falls under the regulations.
Israel Hayom, 22.10.2018