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Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu tours sections of the West Bank security barrier’s southern loop yesterday with members of the security cabinet and others. .(Photo by: GPO)
Netanyahu seeks power to go to war without broad government approval
The Prime Minister’s Office did not confirm or deny the report.
A new initiative by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would allow him to decide on going to war with only the approval of the security cabinet, and not the full cabinet, Channel 2 reported Sunday.

The purpose of the bill is to avoid information leaks.

In some cases, according to the proposal, a prime minister would be able to declare war or get approval for a lengthy military operation even without the full security cabinet’s approval.

The cabinet already reportedly approved the amendment to Basic Law: Government, which would allow the full cabinet to vote right after a government is formed to allow the security cabinet to decide whether to go to war.

The bill is expected to be brought to a vote in the Knesset when its recess ends, in October.

The Prime Minister’s Office did not confirm or deny the report.

Zionist Union MK Eyal Ben-Reuven said the law is dangerous and eliminates the broad discretion necessary to decide on declaring war.

“War is a very dramatic event in the life of a nation,” he stated. “Therefore, I will do all I can to try to prevent another law that can be severely harmful to Israel’s future. I think this is another distraction from Netanyahu’s shaky legal situation.”

Former prime minister Ehud Barak, a prominent Netanyahu critic, wrote on twitter: “If the intention is to legislate the reality that (justly) is customary anyway that the security cabinet (and not the full cabinet) makes the decision - that is fine. Much ado about nothing.”
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