Knesset removes authority for prime minister and defense minister to declare war


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Knesset rescinded an amendment to a law it passed earlier this year that gave Israel’s prime minister and defense minister the authority to declare war.

The cancellation of the amendment passed its second and third readings on Tuesday by a vote of 77-16.

“It is appropriate that a decision of the Ministerial Committee regarding starting a war or taking significant military action that may at a high level of certainty lead to war be adopted by as wide a panel as possible,” the amendment says.

Under the law as it stands, the Cabinet must approve a decision to go to war or to initiate an action that could lead to war.

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