The media in Israel is dominated by headlines today claiming that extreme left-wing organization Breaking The Silence is being accused of treason against the Israel Defense Forces, following the release of Channel 2 News releasing “highly incriminating video evidence” which shows what appears to be espionage activity against the IDF. As Truth Report revealed earlier this week, the organization is being hosted by Hillel on March 31st at Columbia University.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ordered an immediate investigation by Israeli secret service, noting “The investigative security forces are looking into the matter.”
According to Israel National News the videos reveal “Breaking the Silence activists questioning ex-IDF soldiers about details of the IDF’s security operations and equipment along the border with Gaza. The questions relate to how Hamas tunnels were discovered, what special forces were deployed and when, what kind of gun is deployed atop an IDF robot vehicle, and more.
None of these questions has anything to do with allegedly immoral activities by the military in Judea and Samaria, which Breaking the Silence claims to be interested in exposing. Instead, they appear to be aimed at gathering intelligence about sensitive IDF operations along the border with Hamas.
In addition, a female Breaking the Silence activist revealed to an agent that she enlisted into the IDF’s Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria with the express purpose of gathering information about it, since she had been in touch with Breaking the Silence before she enlisted.
Channel 2 showed the videos to former high ranking security officials including MK Avi Dichter, a former head of the ISA (Shabak). Dichter appeared to be shocked by the materials and said that they look and sound like espionage.
According to NGO Monitor, between the years 2008 and 2014, the New Israel Fund approved $699,310 in grants to Breaking the Silence. This raises the question, are donors to the NIF funding espionage against the IDF, even unwittingly?
It remains to be determined whether Breaking the Silence passed on the information it gathered to enemy forces, or to European governments, from whom it also receives some of its funding. In any case, the act of obtaining and holding on to classified military information by unauthorized individuals is also a crime.
A member of the political opposition, Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid said that "Breaking the Silence undermines the State of Israel and causes untold damage to the State of Israel and its soldiers. This organization does not have any right to exist in a country which fights terrorism on a daily basis."
Breaking the Silence is funded through The New Israel Fund, whose donors include Alisa Doctoroff, President of the UJA-Federation, The Jewish Communal Fund & The Jim Joseph Foundation.