Barak rejects FADC criticism of testimony prevention

September 4, 2011 14:37

Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday rejected the Knesset’s criticism of him and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for preventing a Shin Bet representative and OC Military Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi from testifying at the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Barak said that that the officers would present their findings to the committee after the internal IDF investigations into the attacks were completed.

“It is unfortunate that MK Shaul Mofaz has decided again to turn the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and its subcommittees into a political tool for his own personal use,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement. “Operational and intelligence inquiries are first held within the operational units, the intelligence agencies and are then presented to the chief of General Staff and the government. Then, they are presented to the Knesset’s subcommittees. That is how it has been in the past and that is how it will always be.”

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