After Major General Amos Malka, Director of Military Intelligence, finished his address to a gathering held in honor of Haim Bar-Lev at Glilot on Wednesday, someone in the audience posed a tough question about the IDF's perception of the enemy. "For close to an hour we've heard you speak about the situation in the Palestinian arena," the man said. "In actual fact, you've spoken about just one man: Yasser Arafat. Does everything you've said lead us toward the conclusion that Israel should act to oust him?"
Malka, a highly seasoned intelligence chief, was far too experienced and polished to fall into that trap. His answer was vague and evasive. It betrayed nothing.