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Negative headlines in recent days about the two known candidates for the vacant
post of national security council head will not impact Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu’s decision about whom to appoint, a source in the Prime Minister’s
Office said Wednesday.
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The source said that Netanyahu will decide in
upcoming days between Maj.- Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror and Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos
Gilad and perhaps a mystery candidate for the post recently vacated by Uzi Arad.
Netanyahu’s former military attache, Maj.- Gen. (res.) Meir Klifi, took himself
out of the running.
“The prime minister does not need headlines to know
who Amidror and Gilad are,” a source close to Netanyahu said.
both of them very well, he knows that they are both excellent
reported Wednesday that Amidror told a conference
last year that soldiers should kill anyone who gets in the way of completing
their mission – and that soldiers who refuse to attack should be shot,
”A soldier who won’t attack when they tell him ‘forward’ because he
says, ‘Two soldiers to my right and two to my left have been killed, so I won’t
move’ – any normal military system should put a bullet in his head, and a
liberal system should put him in jail,” Amidror said, speaking at a conference
organized by the Israel Democracy Institute on “National Values in the Israel
Amidror complained in radio interviews that his quotes
were taken out of context from a forum that discussed what to do when soldiers
refuse to take part in a mission in the heat of battle. Noting that a Haaretz
columnist wrote on Friday that Netanyahu would be taking a risk by appointing a
Shabbat-observant candidate to the post, Amidror accused the newspaper of
organizing a character assassination campaign against him in an effort to
prevent him from receiving the post, because he holds right-wing
reported Wednesday that Gilad spoke at a Kadima
rally on Tuesday night at the party’s Petah Tikva headquarters. The newspaper
questioned why he participated in a political event when he is barred from doing
so as a Defense Ministry official.
Kadima MK Avi Dichter, who organized
the rally, downplayed Gilad’s participation. He told reporters at the Knesset on
Wednesday that ex-generals regularly brief party activists and that Gilad left
the event immediately after his speech.
“This was a professional briefing
and it only became a political event after he left,” Dichter said.