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Loose Lips...

By Michael Freund
9/11/2008, 12:00 AM


from a journalistic point of view, the information is clearly newsworthy and very current. But as Jews, as Israelis - don't they realize the damage such an article could cause?
There is an absolutely astonishing article in Ha'aretz today, one that signifies just how mightily irresponsible Israel's left-wing mainstream media can be.

"Israel asks US for arms, air corridor to attack Iran", screams the headline, clearly suggesting that the Jewish state is making preparations to hit Teheran's nuclear facilities.

The article goes on to list some of the weapons systems that Israel requested from Washington, as well as revealing details of some of the security discussions between the two countries.

Reading the article, one can only wonder why on earth the paper chose to publish such things. What were they thinking?

Certainly, from a journalistic point of view, the information is clearly newsworthy and very current. But as Jews, as Israelis - don't they realize the damage such an article could cause? After all, loose lips sink ships, as the old saying goes.

If Israel is indeed planning to strike Iran is anyone's guess. But better to keep Iran guessing, than to telegraph the play to them in advance, don't you think?