Following pressure from intelligence agencies, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has extended the period during which material contained in government archives may remain classified by 20 years.
The new regulations, approved two weeks ago, mean archived material scheduled to become available to scholars and the public after 50 years will now remain in the vaults until 70 years have passed since they were placed there.
Update: http://weblog.histnet.ch/archives/4126 (Switzerland German)
4 Gedanken zu „Israel: State archives to stay classified for 20 more years“
A statement of Lawrence Davidson, professor of history, West Chester University, USA. http://www.veteranstoday.com/2010/07/31/israel-classifies-its-past-as-top-secret/
Israel State Archive: Declassified Archival Material: http://www.archives.gov.il/ArchiveGov_Eng/Our+Holdings/collection/
Will Israel’s New Archive Policy Set Back a Generation of Scholarship? An interview with Benny Morris, a professor of history at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Morris is the author of numerous books, including The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947-1949 (Cambridge University Press) and, most recently, One State, Two States: Resolving the Israel/Palestine Conflict (Yale University Press). Morris answered questions by e-mail from Washington, D.C., where he is currently visiting.
30-15 + 50-70 – Kabbalisitische Zahlenspiele? Haaretz: ” …. “The new regulations shorten the period after which non-security-related material may be viewed, from 30 to 15 years, while lengthening the confidentiality period of certain defense-related documents to 70 years in cases in which Israel’s security conditions require it,” the statement said.”