Opposition MK: PM making decisions without security cabinet because doesn’t trust coalition partners

Then-Minister of Housing and Construction Zeev Elkin speaks at a conference of the Israeli Construction Center in Tel Aviv on October 20, 2022. (Tomer Neuberg/ Flash90/ File)
Then-Minister of Housing and Construction Zeev Elkin speaks at a conference of the Israeli Construction Center in Tel Aviv on October 20, 2022. (Tomer Neuberg/ Flash90/ File)

An opposition lawmaker says he believes that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is making decisions without convening the security cabinet because he does not trust his hardline coalition partners.

“They probably skipped holding a security cabinet meeting because of the distrust between Netanyahu and his partners,” National Unity MK Ze’ev Elkin tells Army Radio.

“This could be why they are not calling it an ‘operation,’ because then it would require approval from the cabinet,” Elkin charges.

While prime ministers have in the past carried out military action without security cabinet approval, there have been a number of reports in recent months of Netanyahu deliberately leaving far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir out of the decision-making process on security matters.

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