A Channel 2 report on a controversial Israeli human rights group has sparked outrage in the political establishment after it alleged that the organization was actively seeking potentially classified information about the Israeli military’s tactics and operations.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday night security officials were investigating the actions of Breaking the Silence, a self-styled whistleblower group dedicated to exposing alleged Israel Defense Forces’ human rights abuses in the Palestinian territories through the testimonies of former combat veterans.
“Breaking the Silence has crossed another red line,” Netanyahu said. “The defense establishment’s investigative bodies are looking into the issue.”
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon also said he had instructed the army to open an investigation into the reports, to check whether the organization had extracted classified information from former soldiers.
The Channel 2 report on Thursday was based on hidden camera footage collected by the right-wing Ad Kan organization, which seeks to expose what, it says, are illegitimate actions of human rights groups.