Jewish Home chairman and Minister of Education Naftali Bennett has demanded Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu fix security cabinet deficiencies as a coalition condition, ahead of Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman’s appointment as Defense Minister.
Following a report on Operation Protective Edge and the Second Lebanon War, it was revealed that critical intelligence was not shared with cabinet members and that they were not properly trained for their position which resulted in a lack of competence on the part of some ministers.
The plan to correct such deficiencies includes appointing a steadfast military secretary who is to manage security updates and assist the cabinet with their duties, increasing trips to military zones and facilitating critical information to the cabinet.
Bennett stated that the government must to learn from past failures and instate these conditions by law.
“Repairing the cabinet’s impairments is vital for Israel's security, and for protecting the lives of civilians and soldiers. Israel paid a very heavy price during the Second Lebanon War and Operation Protective Edge because of these deficiencies," said Bennett.
Bennett's demands come after a recent Channel 2 report revealed how former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon repeatedly blocked Bennett's calls for a ground operation to destroy Hamas terror tunnels during the 2014 Gaza war. Only after terrorists eventually used one of the tunnels to conduct an attack - and after Bennett had cajoled the army into drafting a plan for taking out the tunnels - was the ground operation launched.