Archive: 6/3/2013
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  6/3/2013, Sivan 25, 5773

Report: Defense Minister Belittled Knesset Committee


Ahead of Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon's review of the security situation before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday, committee members complained that Ya'alon was treating them in a disparaging way, according to a Monday-morning report by the Yisrael Hayom daily. The newspaper said there are five areas on which Committee Chairman Avigdor Lieberman is demanding a detailed report, including the defense budget and the S-300 anti-aircaft missiles ordered by Syria. In response to Ya'alon saying he would review those areas he deemed appropriate, Committee Manager Shmuel Latko sent Ya'alon aide Ruth Bar a letter dictating the areas he had to cover.

The committee also claimed that Ya'alon was preventing the requested appearances of the Air Force and Navy commanders and the chief of Military Intelligence. While Ya'alon reportedly offered a return appearance by Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, his office did formally reply to the complaints.