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Ex-IDF intel chief questions Netanyahu’s authority to order attacks on Iran

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13.04.2021

Amos Yadlin, a former IDF chief of Military Intelligence, said on Tuesday following a blast at a key Iranian uranium enrichment site that Israel’s process for approving sensitive security-related operations was not being followed, indicating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was acting without authority.

He further suggested that Netanyahu was dangerously stoking tensions with Iran for domestic political purposes as he tries to form a coalition following last month’s inconclusive elections.

Yadlin raised the concerns in a scathing attack on policy regarding Iran and its nuclear program in the wake of a Sunday explosion that caused a power outage at the Natanz uranium enrichment site, which Tehran has blamed on Israel. Media reports citing intelligence officials have also attributed to the attack to Israel, which has not officially commented.

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“Sensitive operations, with diplomatic and security significance that include the potential for escalation, require government approval,” Yadlin wrote in a series of tweets. “The cabinet can authorize the [security] cabinet to decide, and the cabinet [can authorize] the prime minister and defense minister.”

“All these processes did not happen, and the decisions are being made while excluding all the decision-making bodies. Knesset oversight has not existed for a long time,” he wrote. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his office in Jerusalem on April 12, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israel’s security cabinet, which has not met since February, is scheduled to convene next week to discuss the recent developments.

“It is doubtful whether Israel........

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