PM authorized to declare war in 'extreme' situations without consulting cabinet

PM authorized to declare war in 'extreme' situations without consulting cabinet”

Israel's parliament, or Knesset, voted Monday in favor of a bill that would allow the country's prime minister to declare war in "extreme situations", the Haaretz daily reported.

In a major victory for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been pushing for the law since previous year, military operations can now be authorized under "extreme circumstances" by the prime minister and defense minister alone, without consulting the rest of the government.

According to the new law, in "extreme circumstances", military operations can be authorized by the prime minister and defense minister alone and will not need a vote by cabinet ministers.

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Avi Dichter, leads a committee meeting at the Knesset, on April 30, 2018.

Netanyahu made the request in the morning during a debate on a bill aimed at transferring responsibility for declaring war from the full cabinet to the smaller security cabinet.

The amendment was brought forward in response to the recommendations of the Amidror Committee, a body tasked with examining the security cabinet's effectiveness and the processes of going to war, which have remained largely untouched since Israel's invasion of south Lebanon in 1982.

A missile attack overnight on Sunday struck several arms depots and killed many pro-Assad fighters, including Iranians, reports said Monday.

Yesh Atid MK Ofer Shelah speaks during a press conference regarding the so called "Recruitment Law" in Tel Aviv on September 12, 2017. From here on, only the approval of the cabinet is needed; and in emergency situations, not all cabinet member need be present.

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