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War Powers Are Too Important to Be Left to Just Two People

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On Monday, the Knesset gave the prime minister and the defense minister the authority to go to war. Technically, the law it passed transfers the power to declare war from the cabinet to the inner cabinet, while allowing the prime minister to make do with consulting the defense minister only under “extreme circumstances.” But it is left to the prime minister and the defense minister to decide whether such circumstances exist. Their decision is not subject to oversight and cannot be changed. In this, the new law is radically different from the previous situation.

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The amendment to the Basic Law on Government that enabled this reassignment of authority from the full cabinet to the diplomatic-security cabinet is controversial in and of itself, and it’s not at all clear that the greater efficiency this change is supposed........

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