PM seeks power to go to war without broad government approval

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August 13, 2017 20:44




A new initiative by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would allow him to decide on going to war with only the approval of the security cabinet, and not the full cabinet, Channel 2 reported Sunday.

The purpose of the bill is to avoid information leaks.

In some cases, according to the proposal, a prime minister would be able to declare war or get approval for a lengthy military operation even without the full security cabinet’s approval.

The cabinet already reportedly approved the amendment to Basic Law: Government, which would allow the full cabinet to vote right after a government is formed to allow the security cabinet to decide whether to go to war.

The bill is expected to be brought to a vote in the Knesset when its recess ends, in October.

The Prime Minister’s Office did not confirm or deny the report.

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