An Israeli deputy minister faced the wrath of censors Monday after exposing details of a security-related incident involving the Jewish state, all details of which are currently under a gag order.
Deputy Minister of Regional Cooperation Ayoub Kara (Likud) revealed details of the case in a Facebook post Sunday night. The post was quickly taken down, but not before journalists and others saw the information.
The military censor subsequently cleared for publication that Israel was involved in an undisclosed security-related episode. All details of the case, however, remained under a heavy gag order.
An unidentified top government official was enraged by Kara’s actions, telling the Ynet news website that his revelations were “endangering human lives.”
In response, Kara’s office released a statement on Monday night according to which “The issue under discussion was originally a civilian matter. MK Kara worked responsibly as a public servant in light of the personal circumstances presented to him.
“It was publicized at the request of those involved in the issue and at the time he published the (Facebook) post there was no gag order in place. Any attempt to attribute blame (to Kara) as seen in the media comes purely from the imagination of the journalists and anonymous political activists.”