18:18 GMT +320 November 2017
Live
    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participates in a forum hosted by the Center for American Progress in Washington November 10, 2015

    Israeli PM Seeks Powers to Declare War Without Full Gov't Support - Reports

    © REUTERS/ Jonathan Ernst/File Photo
    Middle East
    Get short URL
    4813112

    The Justice Ministry of Israel is reportedly working on a draft amendment to the Basic law, according to Israeli Channel 2 TV broadcaster. The bill would make it easier for the prime minister to start military operations or even declare war.

    If adopted, the initiative would enable the prime minister to declare war or get approval for military operations without the approval of all members of the Security Cabinet, a special body within the Israeli Cabinet designed to outline defense policies.

    According to Channel2, the bill aims to give the full cabinet the power to authorize the Security Cabinet to make war-related decisions even if not all members of the security cabinet are present. The initiative also means that the full cabinet would not need to be briefed on the Security Cabinet's decisions. Consequently, the bill simplifies the process of declaring a war or taking steps that could escalate a military operation into a war.

    The Israeli TV channel cites the fear of security leaks as the motive behind the Justice Ministry's and Prime Minister Netanyahu's efforts.

    The Knesset, Israel's legislative body, could reportedly vote on the draft amendment in October.

    The news has so far not been officially refuted or confirmed by the Prime Minister's Office.

    Related:

    Until Gaza Is Free Israel Will Never Be Free
    Lavrov: Moscow to Consider Israel's Security Interests in Palestinian Settlement
    Israel Speeds Up Construction of Barrier Against Hamas Tunnels
    Tags:
    military conflict, war, Channel2, Israeli Security Cabinet, Knesset, Benjamin Netanyahu, Gaza Strip, Palestine, Israel
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment