Saturday, May 28, 2016

Military Secretaries for all Cabinet Ministers in Zion....what next Social Secretaries, Masseurs and live in Hairdressers

Return of the alliance? Lapid backs Bennett

Lapid throws his weight behind erstwhile ally's ultimatum on military secretaries for Cabinet members.
Yair Lapid, Naftali Bennett
Yair Lapid, Naftali Bennett

Yesh Atid chairperson MK Yair Lapid backed Jewish Home chairperson Education Minister Naftali Bennett on Friday, over his demand to have military secretaries appointed to every member of the Security Cabinet as a condition for supporting an expansion of the coalition.

"Bennett is right. As a condition to expand the coalition he is demanding only one thing: a deep repair in the work of the Security Cabinet. As someone who sat with him in the Cabinet, I can testify that the current situation is not reasonable," wrote Lapid on Facebook.

The support may be a first sign of a resurgent alliance between the two; back in the 2013 elections Lapid and Bennett signed an agreementvowing only to enter the government together, and their parties pushed joint legislation such as the controversial haredi draft law before the two finally had a falling out.

In his backing of Bennett, the former Finance Minister wrote that Cabinet ministers do not receive in-depth information or go through any training process for their roles.

"For those who are interested in the topic, I recommend reading the chapters dealing with the work of the Cabinet in Ofer Shelah's book 'The Courage to Win.' As a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Ofer brings a clear and precise analysis there of the failings of the Cabinet (including in Protective Edge) and the required corrections in its work," wrote Lapid.

Lapid heaped praise on his erstwhile ally, writing, "Bennett is also worthy of appreciation for how in the cynical atmosphere in which everyone is busy only with the question of how comfortable their arm chair will be and how much money will go to those who are close to them, he placed a demand touching on the security of the state and the running of the government."

"But in this government those who make a list of cynical demands and only ask for portfolios and honor turn into someone who everyone wants to work with. On the other hand, those who don't ask anything for themselves but rather try to improve the workings of the political echelon are accused of opportunism and receive threats of being fired."

Lapid's comment refers to a report Thursday night in Channel 2 revealing how officials are trying to convince Bennett to support incoming Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman's entry to the coalition government, andthreatening Jewish Home ministers with being fired if the party does not support the widening of the coalition.

Bennett's demand for military secretaries and easier access to sensitive intelligence information comes after a report revealing faults in the Security Cabinet's functioning in Operation Protective Edge and the Second Lebanon War.

The Security Cabinet (Hebrewהקבינט המדיני-ביטחוני‎‎, HaKabinet HaMedini-Bithoni) or Ministerial Committee on National Security Affairs[1] (Hebrewועדת השרים לענייני ביטחון‎‎, Va'adat HaSarim LeInyanei Bitahon) is a narrow forum of "Inner Cabinet" within the Israeli Cabinet, headed by the Prime Minister of Israel, with the purpose of outlining a foreign and defense policy and implementing it. This smaller forum of the cabinet members, is designated to coordinate the diplomatic negotiations, and in times of crisis, especially war, it is designed to make quick and effective decisions.


  • 1The history and the idea behind the establishment of a Security Cabinet
    • 1.1The "War Cabinet"
  • 2The structure of the Political-Security Cabinet
    • 2.1Cabinet members
    • 2.2Official authorization
  • 3See also
  • 4Notes

The history and the idea behind the establishment of a Security Cabinet[edit]

The idea of establishing a Security Cabinet was initially part of the Centre Party's platform of 1999 election, chaired by Yitzhak Mordechai. The party offered a new security plan, in which a Security Cabinet will be established for the purpose of implementing an effective peace and security plan. According to their platform, a new council for diplomatic planning and advising will be established, that will be headed by a person appointed by the Prime Minister, who will preside over small professional teams in the relevant fields. Furthermore, they suggested that the Prime Minister, Acting Prime Minister, Vice Prime Minister, the Director-Generals of the Defense, Foreign, and Treasury ministries, as well as the Chief of General Staff, chief of Shin Bet, and the Military Secretary to Prime Minister, will take part in the Security Cabinet meetings on regular basis, and that others presiding over the diplomatic negotiations or any other relevant officials will participate accordingly. The idea behind the Security Cabinet was to create a professional objective advising body to the Cabinet. The members would evaluate different situations, offer alternatives and oversight, and determine positions on the Cabinet and the army.
In practice, the forming of this body was based on section 6 of the "Government Law" of 2001[2] that stipulated the following:
The Government shall have a ministers committee composed of: The Prime Minister—chairman, Acting Prime Minister, if such was appointed, Defence Minister, Interior Minister, Internal Security Minister and the Treasury Minister.

The Government may, upon the proposal of the Prime Minister, coopt an additional members to the committee, provided that the number of its members not aggregate exceeding half of the Cabinet Members.
Concerning the issues the minister's committee on national security will tackle, the law stipulated that:
(A) The diplomatic-security and settling issues shall be debated within the committee.
(B) The daily agenda of the committee, and the officials to be invited to participate in its meetings shall be determined by the Prime Minister, after consulting with the minister in charge.
(C) The Minister in charge, prior to any decision making, may demand on any matter debated within the committee to be moved to a full Cabinet meeting to be debated and resolved. The aforementioned shall not apply, should the Prime Minister be ascertain, after consulting with the minister in charge, that the circumstances concerning the matter requires an immediate decision or that there are other circumstances that justifies the committee's decision.

The "War Cabinet"[edit]

For more details on this topic, see Kitchen Cabinet of Israel.
During Yom Kippur War, a group of ministers was formed arbitrarily, and had assumed responsibility for taking fundamental decisions during that war. This group became to be known as "The War Cabinet", and later was also nicknamed "Golda's kitchen". The "War Cabinet" had made independent decisions during those emergency times, and the Government had approved those decisions only in retrospect. Against that background, already during those times, the question of the necessity and role of such a cabinet arose. On the other hand, some suggested that the Cabinet members should run the war as they see fit—without the need of getting anybody's approval.

The structure of the Political-Security Cabinet[edit]

Cabinet members[edit]

  • Permanent members:
Appointment by law:
  1. Prime Minister & Foreign MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu, Chairman
  2. Defense MinisterAvigdor Lieberman
  3. Internal Security MinisterGilad Erdan
  4. Justice MinisterAyelet Shaked
  5. Minister of FinanceMoshe Kahlon
Additional members:
  1. Minister of InteriorAryeh Deri
  2. Minister of Transport and Road Safety & Intelligence and Atomic Energy Minister of IsraelYisrael Katz
  3. Minister of EducationNaftali Bennett
  4. Minister of Immigrant AbsorptionZe'ev Elkin
  5. Minister of ConstructionYoav Galant
Permanent invitees:
  • Attorney General of IsraelAvichai Mandelblit
  • National Security Council stand-in chief: Yaakov Nagel

Official authorization[edit]

  • Israel's security agencies' objectives and its policies.
  • Issues concerning the IDF, including the army's structure, deployment, alertness and its equipment, research and development in these fields, receiving the annual national intelligence estimate, and oversight on events evolving in these areas.
  • Receiving information concerning intelligence matters, diplomatic issues, military and security operations.

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