Netanyahu considers lie detector tests for his cabinet

By Anna Sheinman, September 5, 2012
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering lie detector tests for his security cabinet after leaks of sensitive information from a meeting on Tuesday.

The seven-hour meeting, which included in-depth discussion of the situation with Iran, was followed by leaks to the press. The information leaked regarded the current understanding of different Israeli agencies of Iran’s nuclear capability, and was acutely sensitive. Some even more sensitive material was reportedly blocked by the military censor before publication.

According to Israel’s Channel 2 News, following these leaks, Yoram Cohen, chief of Israel’s domestic intelligence agency Shin Bet met Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to discuss whether subjecting the 14 members of the security cabinet to polygraph tests was legal.

In an unprecedented move, Prime Minister Netanyahu adjourned the second half of the meeting shortly after it began on Wednesday. A statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office said: "Someone severely undermined the confidence that Israeli citizens give to this forum. He violated the most basic rules regarding the conduct of security cabinet discussions. He also hurt the good name of those present at the meeting, who did not leak its contents.”

Last updated: 10:22pm, September 5 2012