Netanyahu’s top security adviser set to quit after bust-up

Netanyahu’s top security adviser set to quit after bust-up

Top aide Yaakov Amidror reportedly to cut term short as prime minister’s right hand man

Aaron Kalman is a former writer and breaking news editor for the Times of Israel

National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror will leave his post after a fallout with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the premier’s office, Maariv reported Sunday.

Amidror’s term in office was scheduled to end in November 2013, the date Israel’s general elections were originally slated to be held (before being advanced to January), but the paper reported he’ll step down on an unspecified date in August.

Since joining Netanyahu’s staff over two years ago, Amidror has functioned both as head of the National Security Council and as one of the prime minister’s top advisers.

Amidror led the talks with the US ahead of the Palestinians’ turn to the UN last year, and was the point man for talks between Washington and Jerusalem regarding Iran’s nuclear program. In addition, the former intelligence officer has played a key role during Israel’s reconciliation talks with Turkey.

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