Gal-On demands that Olmert divulge details of alleged IAF operation

September 17, 2007 16:40

Chairman of the Meretz faction Zehava Gal-On on Monday demanded that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert supply the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee (FADC) with details of the alleged air strike in Syria. In a letter headed "The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee's critique of unusual military action over the border," which she addressed to Attorney General Menahem Mazuz, Gal-On asserted that "The FADC is the Knesset's parliamentary apparatus for supervising actions taken by the IDF and the government." "The prime minister must report to the subcommittee and divulge the considerations that led to the IDF's action in Syria, and whether or not all of the possible repercussions of such action were taken into account." Gal-On claimed that a committee headed by Prof. Amnon Rubinstein had advised that the FADC's parliamentary supervision of government actions be bolstered. According to Gal-On, the IAF's alleged attack is a classic example of a case where parliamentary supervision of government action is necessary.

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