Netanyahu Bars Mossad Chief from Speaking on ISIL Threat in Sinai
The Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forbidden the head of the Mossad on Tuesday to brief Zionist Union Knesset members on the threat posed by the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) takfiri group in the Sinai Peninsula.
Zionist Union faction chairwoman Merav Michaeli, who submitted the request, said Netanyahu claimed such a briefing would set a precedent, and therefore, he didn’t want to approve it.
Michaeli told the Zionist daily Haaretz that the faction decided it needed more information about ISIL “in light of the recent attacks in Sinai and firing rockets at the occupied Israel.”
On Sunday, therefore, she asked Mossad director Tamir Pardo if he would attend Zionist Union’s faction meeting in the Knesset on Monday and brief the MKs on the threat that ISIL’s presence in Sinai poses to the Zionist entity.
Michaeli said Pardo “agreed gladly,” but stipulated that he needed the prime minister’s approval.
Michaeli then asked a Netanyahu adviser to forward the faction’s request to the prime minister. On Monday morning, the adviser got back to Michaeli and said that Netanyahu wouldn’t permit Pardo to give the briefing.
“The prime minister believes this would set a problematic precedent,” the adviser told her. “Now, every party will seek such briefings from the Mossad director.”