Outgoing Chief State Archivist Dr. Yaakov L.M. Fattal warned that most of Israel’s archives are closed in the name of national security concerns and will never be opened, Haaretz reported.
The hidden material includes material potentially embarrassing to the state, such as human rights violations, he explained.
He complained that the archive is not handled in a manner befitting a democratic state; even released material is subject to unreasonable restrictions. For example, why were the minutes of meetings of the inner cabinet from just before the Six-Day War only released now after 50 years?
500,000 people used the State Archives in 2017. 19 million of its 400 million pages are available on the department’s website.