Mofaz complains PM still withholding information from c'tee

September 8, 2011 22:13


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Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) sent a letter of complaint to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday after learning that Netanyahu would once again stop a Shin Bet representative from testifying before the committee.

The Shin Bet representative was summoned to this coming Sunday's Foreign Affairs and Defense Subcommittee for Intelligence meeting to discuss the intelligence available to the security agency before the terror attack on the Eilat border. As he did last Sunday, Netanyahu ordered the Shin Bet not to testify before the subcommittee.

"According to the law and Knesset regulations, a Knesset committee may demand information from the government, and part of the government's role is to provide the information," Mofaz wrote.

"The Shin Bet representative is required to come to the committee and present whatever information he has on the meeting's topic," he wrote to Netanyahu. "However, as the minister responsible for the Shin Bet, you may address the committee instead."

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