New amendment to law would allow Israel to go to war without government approval

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked circulated the memorandum of law that requests to amend Israeli Basic Law: The Government. According to the memorandum, the amendment would allow the prime minister to declare war or embark on a military operation without government approval or the presence of the full Security Cabinet.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Photo Credit: Yoav Ari Dudkevitch/Flash90

After it was reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked have been promoting over the past few weeks the amendment of Israeli Basic Law: The Government, this evening (Thursday), a memorandum of the law was circulated.

According to the memorandum, Netanyahu would be able to declare war or embark on a military operation without government approval or the presence of at least half of the ministers within the Israeli Security Cabinet.The amendment will be brought before the Knesset for approval when the winter season begins upon its return from vacation.

Two months ago, the Security Cabinet approved an amendment that would allow the government to authorize the cabinet in advance to embark on a serious military operation or war in order to prevent leaking information. This conclusion, without further description, showed up in the Amidror Committee’s report for reviewing the functioning of the cabinet and was most likely added upon Netanyahu’s request.



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