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Liberman blocks army officials from attending Knesset defense meetings

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Two Knesset subcommittees that take care of extremely delicate safety issues have been unable to get data from the army on a particular difficulty of concern as a result of Defense Minister Avidgor Liberman has ordered officials to boycott the meetings.

Hadashot TV information reported Wednesday that the closed-door subcommittees of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee have for months been in search of data regarding the army’s readiness on the northern borders.

In a assertion, opposition MK Omer Barlev [Zionist Union], who chairs the Subcommittee for Readiness and Continuous Security, acknowledged that Liberman is “in practice declaring absenteeism, is avoiding giving reports, and is harming the IDF’s readiness for war.”

Another opposition lawmaker, Yesh Atid’s Ofer Shelah, who chairs the Subcommittee for Security Perception and the Building of Forces, mentioned “the attempt to harm [the committee’s] work is real damage to security. We won’t let this happen.”

The Defense Ministry responded in a assertion to Hadashot that “Liberman is acting according to procedures that have always existed.”

Referring to the report in regards to the nature of the data that the committees are in search of, the ministry added: “The leak that is coming from a place that is supposed to be the Holy of Holies for keepers of secrets is another reason for the caution that the Defense Minister must take.”

The report didn’t specify precisely what data Barlev and Shelah needed to obtain.

Yesh Atid MK Ofer Shelah, left, speaks with Zionist Union MK Omer Barlev throughout an meeting session within the plenum corridor on the Knesset, February 24, 2014. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

In a joint assertion, the lawmakers mentioned they are going to suggest a invoice to anchor in legislation attendance by safety officials on the meetings and to offer the committee powers to behave if officials refuse or don’t present required data.

The improvement got here after extended negotiations for acceptable officials to attend a assembly held final Tuesday failed, with the lawmakers ultimately being instructed by the IDF that Liberman had instructed officers and ministry representatives to not take part.

When no officers or ministry officials arrived for the assembly, Barlev despatched a letter to Knesset Chairman Yuli Edelstein and to the chair of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, MK Avi Dichter, each of the ruling Likud party. In the communication, Barlev wrote that the Defense Ministry’s perspective “causes serious harm to the supervisory capacity of the Knesset on the government.”

Barlev requested to urgently meet with Edelstein and Dichter to type a place on the matter. A gathering between the three was held, however didn’t resolve the problem, the TV report mentioned.

Tensions have been taut on the northern borders amid a standoff with Iran, which Israel fears is striving to determine ahead army bases in Syria from which to assault the Jewish state. Israel has launched a number of airstrikes towards Iranian army belongings in Syria, whereas a barrage of rockets, believed to have been launched by Iranian-backed teams, was fired on the Golan Heights.

Israel has vowed to forestall, in any respect prices, Iranian entrenchment in Syria the place Tehran helps embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad suppress an insurgency now in its eighth 12 months.

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