by Chris Menahan, Information Liberation:
NBC News reported Tuesday that US officials say Israel “seems to be preparing for war with Iran.”
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported Thursday that Israel’s parliament passed a new law to allow Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman to unilaterally declare war.
The amendment to the country’s Basic Law transfers authority from the government to the smaller Security Cabinet to launch military operations and declare war. It passed Monday evening in a 62-41 vote.
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Military operations can be authorized by the prime minister and defense minister alone in “extreme conditions,” though it does not define what they are. The law says it can be invoked “if the issue is necessary due to urgency.”
Prime ministers of Israel previously had to ask the approval of the full Cabinet to go to war.
Netanyahu put on a dramatic presentation Monday claiming Iran was violating the Iran nuclear deal.
He cited evidence which was reportedly “well known, old and purloined from Vienna.”