Danon proposes bill to change high-ranking IDF appointments

August 21, 2010 21:02

MK Danny Danon (Likud) announced Saturday that he is promoting a bill under which the appointment process for high level security and IDF positions would undergo changes limiting the power of the defense minister in such appointments and further involving the legislature in the process.

According to the bill, candidates for IDF Chief of General Staff, Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) chief and Mossad chief would have to undergo a confirmation hearing before the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. Following the hearing, the committee would decide whether or not to confirm the appointment.The proposed legislation came in the wake of the controversy surrounding the process of replacing IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi that has arisen as the result of the leaking of the "Galant document."

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