Thursday, April 08, 2010

Anat Kam

I think that this so-called espionage-affair around Anat Kam leads to two conclusions. First, the IDF should check, revise and improve its internal security. In addition - and that is something that I have not heard anyone talk about yet - it is clear ( from the documents that Ms Kam transfered to the journalist of Ha'Aretz ) that the army and the security services deliberately chose/choose to ignore Supreme Court rulings. That, in my opinion, is a much more severe violation of rules and values in what still is ( supposed to be ) a democracy than any possible infringement of the freedom of the press. Yossi Melman and Akiva Eldar wrote good analyses on the subject. Notice that Ms Kam is 'only' under house arrest.

5 comments:

Ruth said...

Bert,

It seems to be clear that the army and the security services did not choose to ignore Supreme Court rulings:
http://www.haaretz.co.il/hasite/spages/1162419.html

Could you please update your post accordingly?

Ruth

Bert said...

Why would I? That the IDF spokesperson finds the accusations in Uri Blau's outrageous doesn't mean anything. If I received a thousand shekels for every time the IDF spokesperson has been found telling untruths or half truths, I could stop working right now. It is of course that office's job to fend off any attack on the army's behavior or credibility, but that does not mean that I have to get excited or change my opinion or personal impression whenever the IDF says that this or that claim is outrageous. I tend to take all spokespersons' statements with several pinches of salt.

The former Attorney General said that there is no basis to Uri Blau's ( = Anat Kam's ) claims. If there really was no such basis, I would have expected the IDF to sue Blau or his source for slander. No such complaint or charge has ever been made (correct me if I am wrong, and if such a complaint was made, please let me know what the outcome was; I won't hesitate to admit that I was wrong it it turns out that after such a complaint Blau was convicted of defamation, fabricating evidence, or something similar ). Instead we have somebody who supposedly committed espionage, high treason or something like that, and who for quite a while has been only under house arrest, which is not how such alleged criminals are normally treated. To me that - plus the fact that Blau/Kam's claims - supported by official documents, as far as I am aware; the fact that those documents should not have ended up in the hands of a journalist does not make them less incriminating - are hardly if at all discussed, at least not by those who should be expected to counter them if they are so untrue ( and yes, I am talking logic here, not legal justice ) - almost smells like proof or at least a slight hint that the IDF and the Shin Beth know that they have some problems here, and only one of those concern their credibility. And believe me, I would love to be convinced that it was otherwise, that I could be sure that Blau and Kam are self-hating idiots and that I could blindly trust our so-called leaders and all of those who work very, very hard to protect you and me.

Ruth said...

You do not agree with me that it is not clear that the IDF violated Supreme Court rulings?

Your assumption of the IDF's guilt is so strong that any IDF speaker referring to Meni Mazuz must be lying?!

In the case of Israel's army you obviously reverse the usual approach: Guilty until proved otherwise. Looks like bias to me...

Bert said...

If finding it odd that apart from the IDF spokesperson - who, as we say in Dutch, did not choke on his/her first lie - and some(extreme) right wing MKs and online commentators nobody really called the claims made by Kam/Blau outrageous ( refering to Mazuz' opinion), means that I am biased, then yes, I am biased.

O.k., maybe I should play it safe, rephrase and say that "it appears to be clear [...] that...", but for the rest I do not see any reason to 'update' my posting.

Ruth said...

Well, there are people seeing the issue otherwise, and I doubt that you can describe Yaacov Lozowick as right-winger.

http://yaacovlozowick.blogspot.com/2010/04/story-keeps-coming.html

http://yaacovlozowick.blogspot.com/2010/04/threat-to-democracy.html

You definetely should play it safe. As the sentence is written now, it presents defamation. Of course, you know that nobody will sue you ...