Israel’s Gatekeepers and Nuclear Whistle Blower

The Gatekeepers, is an Oscar contender for best documentary which features six former heads of the Shin Bet—Israel’s secret service from 1980 to 2011. The film also makes the case that Israel may well be less secure and no doubt, Israel's image has been damaged.


Four days after I signed off on the final galley proofs for my fourth book-VANUNU’S WAIT for LIBERTY, Remembering the USS LIBERTY and My Life as a Candidate of Conscience for US HOUSE 2012 and after he waited nineteen-months for Israel to respond to his appeal to revoke his Israeli citizenship, Mordechai Vanunu wrote:

“The interior minister answer my letter to him to cancel my Israel citizenship. He wrote, I will be happy to do it, but security people don't recommend it because I can damage Israel image and security.

“He also quote from the Bible. Isaiah 49:17, ‘They that destroy thee and make thee waste shall go out of thee’ and Proverbs 13:2, ‘From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things, but the unfaithful have a craving for violence’ ending his letter with Hebrew word Hamas.

“So this you tube- Vanunu Mordechai asking Revoking israel citizenship 2012. -will be here, until Freedom come.”



I replied, "Interesting response from the interior minister. I wonder if he and SECURITY ever pay attention to Micah, 'What does God require? He has told you o'man! Be JUST, Be MERCIFUL, and walk humbly with your Lord.' [6:8] Or Jeremiah, 'I cannot keep silent...Disaster follows disaster; the land lies in ruins...My people are fools; they do not know me.' [4:19]

“Most interesting he ends with the Hebrew word Hamas-which means warlike valor-boldness and heroic courage…”


I learned about the origins of Hamas on Land Day in 2006, in the lower Galilee municipality of Sakhnin, an Arab village whose land continues to be grabbed and colonized by settlers.

Aliyah which in Hebrew means “go up” was also the name of the woman who told me, "My Father was born in Jerusalem and I was a Zionist, but now I am not so sure. I still want the Jewish people to have a state but it must be honest and moral, I don't want a piranha state!

"Before 1967 I was euphoric! My husband and I began to learn that there were Israelis who you could call prophets, who said we must return the land and make peace. Then a fundamentalist Jewish group, The Gush Emunim began erecting the settlements in the newly possessed land.

"When Israel went into Lebanon I was infuriated! I demonstrated against the massacres at Shatila and Shabra. Eighteen years of Israel in Lebanon is what built up the Hezbollah!

"The Israelis supported the group at first because they hoped the Hezbollah would be against the Palestinian refugees in South Lebanon."

I inquired, "Isn't that what Israel did with Hamas? Didn't they originally support Hamas to be a wedge against the PLO?"

Aliyah replied, "Yes, stupidity repeats itself!" [1]


Last March, a "60 Minutes" segment featured a Lesley Stahl interview with former Mossad chief Meir Dagan, who admitted that bombing Iran was "the stupidest idea" he'd ever heard.

“Stupid is as stupid does” and failures of intelligence are usually rooted in failures of the imagination.

At the top of that list is Israel’s failure to imagine that the vacuum left by a Media who have failed to report on Israel’s WMD and Israel’s Administrative Torture and Lawless Captivity of Vanunu Mordechai could be silenced on the World Wide Web.  LEARN MORE: The "Big Get" Don Hewitt and "60 Minutes" Didn't Get


Regarding the Silence of The Media regarding Israel’s WMD and US collusion in Israel’s policy of nuclear ambiguity [DECEPTIONS] and nuclear apartheid, the most recent case in point is that a Google search for “NEWS” regarding “Vanunu, Interior Minister Eli Yishai” only turned up two sources:

The Yeshiva World News who on Dec 11th broke the news that “In his official response to Vanunu, Minister Yishai informed him that his request would not be honored.”

And my Dec. 12th article, Israel Denies Vanunu's Right to Revoke Citizenship which corrected errors and omissions at Interior Minister Refuses to Revoke Nuclear Spy's Citizenship .


After 18 years in prison and into his 9th under 24/7 surveillance by Israeli SECURITY on top of the 78 days back in solitary confinement in 2010 because he spoke to foreigners [who happened to be media] in 2004;

I ask, how stupid can stupid be to continue to deny Vanunu the right to fade into the world instead of continuing to make headlines in light of what Vanunu has been telling the world, “THE ISRAEL STUPID SPIES WILL NOT GET ANY THING FROM HERE.”


How stupid can stupid be in light of what Israeli media also reported in 2004:

"This is the secret that hasn't yet been told in the affair: the story of the security fiasco that made it possible for Vanunu to do what he did, and the story of the subsequent attempts at cover-up, whitewashing and protection of senior figures in the defense establishment, who were bent on divesting themselves of responsibility for the failure.


“The 18-year prison term to which Vanunu was sentenced is almost exactly the same period as that in which Yehiel Horev has served as chief of internal security in the defense establishment [who has been] involved in the affair as deputy chief of security at the Defense Ministry, and also after Vanunu's abduction and arrest, as a member of an investigative commission.


"Shortly after taking office as chief of security at the Defense Ministry, Horev began to take punitive measures to hobble Vanunu. He is responsible for the harsh conditions in which Vanunu was held, which included years in solitary confinement, and the sharp limitations on the number of visitors he could have…[and has fought] a rearguard battle to prevent Vanunu from leaving Israel and to place him under supervision and restrictions that will be tantamount to house arrest.


“Horev has always been considered the strictest of all the security chiefs in Israel, especially in regard to the protection of institutions such as the Dimona facility and the Biological Institute. He is apprehensive that if Vanunu goes abroad, he will continue to be a nuisance by stimulating the public debate over Israel's nuclear policy and the nuclear weapons he says Israel possesses…all the hyperactivity being displayed by Horev and those who support his approach is intended only to divert attention from what has not yet been revealed: the security blunders and their cover-ups."-Yossi Melman, for Haaretz.


Also in 2004, Uri Avnery wrote:

"Everybody understands that Vanunu has no more secrets. What can a technician know after 18 years in jail, during which technology has advanced with giant steps?


"But gradually it becomes clear what the security establishment is really afraid of. Vanunu is in a position to expose the close partnership with the United States in the development of Israel's nuclear armaments.


"This worries Washington so much, that the man responsible in the State Department for 'arms control', Under-Secretary John Bolton, has come to Israel in person for the occasion. Vanunu, it appears, can cause severe damage to the mighty super-power.


"The Americans, it seems, are very worried. The Israeli security services have to dance to their tune. The world must be prevented by all available means from hearing, from the lips of a credible witness, that the Americans are full partners in Israel's nuclear arms program, while pretending to be the world's sheriff for the prevention of nuclear proliferation."


And how stupid can stupid be, not to imagine a little one such as me- who happened to be writing my first historical novel in 2005 while researching in Israel Palestine- met Vanunu for the first time, would as a matter of CONSCIENCE become a reporter just because Vanunu told me:

"President Kennedy tried to stop Israel from building atomic weapons. Kennedy insisted on an open internal inspection.


"When Johnson became president, he made an agreement with Israel that two senators would come every year to inspect. Before the senators would visit, the Israelis would build a wall to block the underground elevators and stairways. From 1963 to ’69, the senators came, but they never knew about the wall that hid the rest of the Dimona from them. 


"Nixon stopped the inspections and agreed to ignore the situation. As a result, Israel increased production. In 1986, there were over two hundred bombs. Today, they may have enough plutonium for ten bombs a year." [2]


And I wonder how stupid-and cruel- can a Government, SECURITY Establishment and a Supreme Court be in light of what Vanunu wrote on November 24, 2006:

“My lawyer succeeded to reveal a few very important facts: This General of the Army was not allowed to see all the secrets that he is required to protect by these restrictions that they claim I know them. So, he gave orders of restrictions without knowing what he is protecting or that he is also following orders blindly, and Mossad Sheen Bet using its authority for just punishing me.


"He testified that it is not a crime for me to talk with foreigners in general anywhere. He testified that I can speak freely to any Israeli citizens about anything; it is not his concern what I am saying to them. These Israelis can give this information to any foreigners. It was difficult for the Judge to understand why this dichotomy exits between foreigners and Israelis. It means that it is not about secrecy but about something else…" [IBID]


The Establishment of Israel's very statehood was contingent upon upholding the UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS.

Every Member State is obligated to hold ALL other Member States to it!

“Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.”- Article 13

"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."-Article 19.  Read more...


Vanunu, April 16, 2012


1. The Global March to Jerusalem, the 36th Land Day and IMAGINE Revolution

2. BEYOND NUCLEAR: Mordechai Vanunu's FREEDOM of SPEECH Trial and My Life as a Muckraker

BEYOND NUCLEAR: Mordechai Vanunu's Freedom of Speech Trial


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