Amram Mitzna 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The diplomatic-security cabinet is inexperienced and will have difficulty
dealing with security issues arising from the situation in Syria, Knesset
Education Committee chairman Amram Mitzna (Hatnua) said Sunday.
It was a
thinly veiled reference to Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Economy and Trade
Minister Naftali Bennett.
Mitzna, a major-general in the reserves, said
he was “disturbed and concerned, not only because we are moving in the direction
of a war that we don’t want, but also because many of the decision-makers are
rookies who have never been so high-ranking.”
By law, the
diplomatic-security cabinet must include the prime minister, defense minister,
finance minister, public security minister and justice minister, and the prime
minister may add more members as long as it consists of fewer than half of the
The current cabinet includes Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, a former IDF chief of staff, Public
Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni – all of
whom have been in past cabinets – as well as Finance Minister Yair Lapid,
Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett and Home Front Defense Minister Gilad
Erdan, who are new to the cabinet.
Mitzna told Army Radio he is concerned
that “more than a few people’s fingers are itching to use the IDF’s great power
and use this opportunity to take out the rockets in Syria before they fall into
the hands of Hezbollah or the rebels.”
“That feeling in their fingertips,
the desire to put an end to this once and for all – anyone who has it has to be
careful, because the goal of Israel has always been to avoid preventable wars,”
“Any war in the region will not bring any benefit to
Israel, but great harm. Pressing the trigger should be the last option we
Mitzna, a former Labor leader, was promised a ministerial position
when he joined Hatnua, but when the current government was formed, party leader
Livni gave former defense minister Amir Peretz a ministry instead.
is a huge value to experience,” Mitzna said, “even though recently people
The Hatnua MK expressed hope that Netanyahu is aware that
he is not surrounded by experienced people who know how to understand
intelligence reports and avoid pressure from security officials.