MKs request urgent meeting to discuss firing of missile chief

January 1, 2016 03:57

Members of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Thursday requested an urgent meeting to discuss the sudden and unexpected firing of Israel Missile Defense Organization chief Yair Ramati this week.

Ramati was ousted from his position after the Defense Ministry said it found that he had placed classified data on his personal computer, in violation of strict information security procedures.

He is the third senior figure in the defense establishment to lose his position over classified information violations, after two IDF officers also were forced to leave their positions in recent months.

A majority of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee members petitioned committee chairman Knesset Member Tzachi Hanegbi with a request to hold an urgent meeting to discuss the development.

MK Nachman Shai (Labor), who initiated the request, said it was the Knesset’s duty to ensure parliamentary supervision and receive a full account of the events that led to Ramati’s sacking.

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