The military censor decided to cancel the ban on publication of information regarding the Israeli air strike that took place in Syria early in September after Syrian President Bashar Assad and
Knesset Member Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud) acknowledged that the event took place.
A source close to the military censor told Ynet that after the two men gave television interviews in which they discussed the airstrike "it was pathetic and ridiculous to continue to deny that the event took place and to cite foreign and anonymous sources".
In an interview with the BBC, the Syrian head of state said that Israel
had attacked an abandoned army base in the northeast of the country. He also said that "Syria reserves the right to retaliate to the attack."
Former Prime Minister Netanyahu was the only source in Israel to acknowledge the Israeli Air Force's operation when he admitted in a television interview that he had given his blessing to the mission.
Before the military censor lifted the gag order, the Israeli media was obligated to cite reports made by foreign sources when discussing details of the attack.
According to these foreign reports, the Israeli Air Force attacked a Syrian military installation that contained nuclear material provided to the Arab state by North Korea.
A source from within the Prime Minister's office clarified that there has been no change in policy regarding the events that took place in Syria last month. The only difference is that reporters will no longer need to cite foreign reports when writing about the incident the source said.