Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has ordered the defense establishment to launch an investigation to ascertain whether the Breaking The Silence NGO received classified military information, and if it made use of such data in its activities abroad overseas.
Addressing pupils at a school in the Upper Galilee on Monday, Ya’alon affirmed the right of all citizens to express themselves, whatever their views, "unless their expressions cause tangible harm to national security." Ya’alon said he has known Breaking The Silence since its founding in 2004, when he was IDF chief of staff. "When it began its activities, and I heard testimonies from anonymous soldiers, of morally improper activities, from ethical and legal perspectives… I was alarmed as chief of staff. It began then with stories from Hebron," Ya’alon recalled.