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June 14, 2015 10:25 pm

Former Leading IDF Official Accuses Breaking the Silence of Publishing ‘Baseless Findings’

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A Former Military Secretary said that Breaking the Silence lied, but that the government must learn to deal with these groups in a better manner. PHOTO: Arik Sultan/NRG.

A former top IDF military secretary said that Breaking the Silence lies, but that the government must learn to deal with these groups in a better manner. PHOTO: Arik Sultan/NRG.

IDF Maj. Gen. (res.) Eitan Dangot, who has served as the military secretary for three Israeli defense ministers over the years, accused a group of non-governmental organizations of lying about, and causing harm to, the Jewish state, Israeli news site NRG reported on Friday.

Dangot made his comments during a lengthy interview with NRG in which he addressed the activities of NGOs including Breaking the Silence and Gisha, which advocates for the removal of all restrictions on movement for Palestinians.

Dangot said that these organizations, “publish partial testimonies and baseless findings,” and in doing so, “are causing harm to the State.”

The military leader added that, “when the truth is finally revealed — and in many cases the truthful version turns out to be completely different than what was initially published — it is no longer interesting and the harm has already been done.”

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Dangot also addressed the government’s response to such organizations, saying that, “It is unfortunate that Israeli officials are responding to this in a reckless manner. We cannot shut the door in the face of such organizations, and we must continue and conduct open dialogue, that is frank and truthful, with facts, against such international initiatives.”

Dangot himself, in his capacity as the Coordinator of Governmental Activities in the Territories (COGAT) has gone to meet with the representatives of such organizations. “To my knowledge, we listen to them even today. There were instances in which I learned from the mutual and direct dialogue with them about things that were not correct and needed correction.”

In other cases, Dangot said that there were organizations with which meeting was unnecessary because the IDF realized that, “they had personal agendas and internal hatred.”

Dangot concluded: “We are not perfect, and there are things that we can and must learn from them. And beyond that, when you demonstrate that you are responding you are able to influence the other side to be less hostile and to listen to you, and allow for different perspectives in the dialogue.”

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  • Any group wishing to “sell something” does a lot of brainstorming. That may include discussions, input from knowledgeable others, studying competitors, focus group testing. That’s the method that prevails for denigrating Israel.

    Israel is being assaulted by professional manipulators. They use what works and seek out the disgruntled, the plain liars, the malcontents. They use them for smears and slanders that fit their agendas. Israel should expel these anti-Israel hate filled groups.

  • 10

    POWERFUL WORDS ARE KEPT AWAY IN THE PRAYER BOOKS SO THE PRAYER BOOKS WOULD NOT GIVE THE EMOTION OF FEELING THE INTELLIGENCE IN YOU WHEN YOU PRAY. THAT ANCESTORS REPEATED WORDS FROM ONE PAGE AFTER ANOTHER SO THE WORDS ARE LOW LEVEL. THE NEGATIVE WORDS PRAYED NOT OWNED BY GOD AND TAKEN BY ANOTHER GIVEN AS IF YOU TURN AROUND WHEN YOU SAY YOUR OWN NAME. THE WORDS WROTE IN PRAYER BOOKS AND THE CHOICES OF THE PAGES DURING SERVICE IS NOT GIVEN BY GOD. THE POWERFUL WORDS IN THE BIBLE WERE DELIBRATELY NOT TO TAKE.

  • Paul Winter

    Israel, like all democracies, should pass laws that make deliberate and or reckless false accusations against the state a crime which attracts fines, jail time and compulsory paid advertisements admitting the falsehood. Exposing wrong-doing is always acceptable in a democracy and so is telling the truth. Lies are always wrong and freedom of speech is no more a defence for that than it is a licence to defame an elected government or a group of people within it.

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    I WALKED INTO A SHUL ON A SUNDAY WAITING FOR SERVICE WHILE THE JEWS WERE HAVING A PARTY. THEIR REGUALR SCHEDULE SERVICE ON SATURDAY IS THEIR ONLY ATTENDANCE ALL COME AND SUNDAY THEY DO NOT AND THE PARTY WITH A ROOM A PERSON SITTING IN A WHEELCHAIR AND SATURDAY BROUGHT THE WHEERCHAIR TO THAT PERSON. GOD COULD NOT REACH TO PROTECT. MONDAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK AND THE JEWS OPEN THE TORAH AS IF ITS A DAY TO ALWAYS HOLIDAY REMEMBER. THEY WERE TOLD WHAT THEY NEED TO HEAR SO THEY CAN PRAY ON A MONDAY WITH THE TORAH OPENED. THE VALUE PRAYING OPENING THE TORAH IS IN THE PEOPLE AND NOT THE SAME DEGREE TO GOD.

    • Lynn K. Circle

      That makes no sense whatsoever. My guess — and it is only a guess — is that it was posted by a Jew-hater for whom English is a foreign language.

  • Anonymous statements that are collected and edited by a partisan organization funded by Israel’s enemies do not rank as a valid source according to the canons of journalism, social science or law.

    I trouble to make the precise point because it is absent from the foregoing article and also omitted from some other pertinent discussions that I have recently heard. Such anonymous statements have little or no standing as evidence, but rather have negligible weight comparable to an anonymous posting on the Internet. Such obvious propaganda is just another aspect of the ongoing war against the Jewish People and Israel.

    Are there still any standards for journalism, social science or law? If so, why do they not apply to protect the good name of the Jewish People and Israel in the same way as to defend the reputation of other Peoples and countries, in the same or similar circumstances?

    Make no mistake — within the context of modern human-rights methodologies, the modern meaning of “antisemitism” includes persistently targeting Jews and/or Israel and persistently applying to Jews and/or Israel a more exigent standard than regularly applied to other Peoples and countries, in the same or similar circumstances.

    Nor could some “ad hominem” defense of being oneself “Jewish” or “Israeli” logically excuse from such a charge of systemic antisemitism arising from such persistent discrimination against the Jewish People and Israel.

  • Jack Holan

    Each soldier breaking military law and speaking unauthorized to a non governmental body and International Media need to be Court Martial in accordance with the Military Criminal Code. Every soldier knows within their first week or so their obligations. Also, they are lying and bringing harm to the State. They need to be arrested immediately.

  • art

    When the NGO is funded in whole or in part be a foreign and hostile entity they should be labeled as such and their access to Israel proscribed . As we see they do serious damage to Israel and Israelis. For many like break the silence and NIF have an agenda to destabilize and undermine Israel

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