Barak. No damage
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Barak on WikiLeaks: Diplomacy will not be the same

Defense minister says no damage caused to Israel following leak of secret documents but believes 'people will be more careful with what they say' from now on

Defense Minister Ehud Barak commented on the WikiLeaks affair Tuesday and said "diplomacy will be different" from now on. Touring the Military Industries Center Barak noted that "people will be more careful with what they say."


The defense minister however does not believe that great damage was caused to Israel. "There is no difference between what was published there and what is being said in internal briefs in Israel."



He expressed satisfaction with the exposure of Arab leaders' support of an attack on Iran. "The Arab world's views against Iran are being exposed in what appears as a more sober version of reality."


The defense minister also addressed the missile threat on Israel. "I suggest we not get alarmed. True, our interception systems have yet to be completed but our experience shows that if citizens follow safety procedures and stay in fortified areas the risk factor will diminish."


He also commented on the appointment of Tamir Pardo as new Mossad director and said he is an "excellent man who can continue Meir Dagan's amazing journey." It is rumored that Barak favored current Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin as Dagan's replacement over Pardo.



פרסום ראשון: 11.30.10, 13:13
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