Netanyahu Excluded His Defense Chiefs From Cabinet Call Approving Gaza Op

PM reportedly held telephone consultation with the cabinet from which he shunned defense chiefs who had expressed concern over his intention to carry out massive action in the Strip

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu consulted with members of his security cabinet last week in a telephone conversation with excluded the chief of staff and the head of the Shin Bet security service. At the end of the call, the premier got approval to carry out extensive military action in the Gaza Strip, Israeli daily Maariv reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit was informed by defense officials about Netanyahu’s consultation and told the prime minister that the move was illegal, insisting that a formal security cabinet meeting be held at which the views of top defense officials would also be heard.