Chief military sensor Sima Va'knin said, Wednesday night, "You have to be a public debate about Iran because he public will pay the price for one decision or another." Addressing a gathering at the Academic College of Netanya, sponsored by the Press Council and Internet magazine "Common Sense" of the Center for Strategic Dialog, the brigadier general said public should know the stance of the prime minister and the other decision makers, adding that censorship could not stop the public discussion, citing a recent American interview with former director Meir Dagan of the Mossad intelligence agency.
Vaknin said censorship can only block publication of information that could harm state security or operational plans. She attacked a recent poll about support for an attack on Iran's nuclear development program. She said the public does not attach the same level of importance to its right to know that the media do.