PMO: Bad press won’t impact decision on NSC post

'Haaretz' reported that Amidror told a conference soldiers should kill anyone who gets in the way of completing their mission.

yaakov amidror (photo credit: Channel 1)
yaakov amidror
(photo credit: Channel 1)
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.
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.
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“The prime minister does not need headlines to know who Amidror and Gilad are,” a source close to Netanyahu said.
“He knows both of them very well, he knows that they are both excellent candidates.”
Haaretz 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, too.
”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 Defense Forces.”
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 views.
Yediot Aharonot 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.