Gal-On: Knesset should be required to approve war
Legislation seeks Knesset oversight on decisions of war to prevent "hasty decision-making" ahead of potential Iran strike.
Meretz MK Zehava Gal-On Photo: YouTube screenshot
Ahead of a possible Israeli military strike on Iran, the law should be changed
to require Knesset approval to go to war, Meretz chairwoman Zehava Gal-On said
Currently a decision to go to war must only be approved by
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s 15- member diplomatic-security
Gal-On’s legislation would require a prime minister to also
obtain approval from the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee’s
Subcommittee for Intelligence and Secret Services, which already oversees the
Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), the Mossad and the Israel Atomic Energy
“The law must require Knesset oversight over the government
on decisions to go to war,” Gal-On said. “Israel is the only country in
the world that has no oversight over its military operations. The fate of
the State of Israel is in the hands of people guided by considerations of
Gal-On noted recent reports that Netanyahu was not
convening either the diplomatic-security cabinet or the eight-member inner
security cabinet to discuss how to handle the Iranian nuclear threat.
also expressed concerns over former vice premier Shaul Mofaz claim that
Netanyahu had considered appointing Tzachi Hanegbi as a minister to tip the
scales in the inner-security cabinet in favor of a strike on Iran.
proposal would defend Israel from a hasty decision by the government to go to
war,” Gal-On said. “A representative of the opposition in the Knesset
should be involved in the decision-making.”
Coalition chairman Ze’ev
Elkin (Likud) called Gal-On’s proposal ridiculous. He said the government was
elected to make key decisions, and getting Knesset approval for a decision
already made by the diplomatic-security cabinet would be dangerous and
The bill is not expected to have any chance of
Defense Minister Ehud Barak will meet with the Knesset Foreign
Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday. While the meeting was called to
discuss efforts to draft yeshiva students, it is likely that the Iranian issue
will dominate questions the MKs ask Barak.