Israeli Prime Ministeris mulling polygraph tests of around 19 ministers after information from Tuesday’s security cabinet meeting was leaked to the press. The prime minister has said he will not blame media because it was just doing its job. The same number of officials and officers who attended the meeting may also face inquiry, as the prime minister’s office appears quite disturbed over the issue. Though no final decision has been made yet, the prime minister’s office is examining legal feasibility of such an investigation. The prime minister said that participants of the meeting have breached his trust.
Earlier on Wednesday, the prime minister cancelled a security cabinet meeting, saying the information was leaked from the first part of the meeting held on Tuesday. Netanyahu said that someone from the participants has not only breached his trust, but also of the whole nation that put its confidence into the August forum. The meeting was briefed by Israel’s intelligence community. The agenda of the meeting was to update ministers on Iran’s nuclear program, crisis in Syria and rise of Muslim Brotherhood in neighboring Egypt. The participants were briefed by Director Military Intelligence Major General Aviv Kochavi, Mossad Chief Tamir Pardo and Shin Bet Security Service Chief Yoram Cohen.
It will be pertinent to mention here that it is not for the first time that some information from the security cabinet meeting has been disclosed to media. However, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears much disturbed and mulling polygraph tests of the participants to curb the practice. Definitely, information leakage from such a high level forum brings embarrassment to elected representatives.
The security cabinet meeting was convened after fresh threats from Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Iran-backed terrorist outfitbased in Lebanon. He said that Iran could strike military bases of the United States in Middle East if Israel launches an attack on nuclear facilities of the country. Hassan Nasrallah said that his outfit was ready to respond to any Israeli attack at any time and therefore it would be better for Israel to exercise restraint. Nasrallah is considered one of the most influential clerics in the Muslim world. The outfit Hezbollah is banned by the United States, which has labeled it a terrorist organization.
The United States and Israel fear a severe backlash from Iran and Hezbollah; therefore, they are reluctant to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. Against this backdrop, Israel cannot afford leakage of classified information to media.