Policy battles over U.S. pressure paralyze Israel’s security community

Special to WorldTribune.com

Geostrategy-Direct.com

TEL AVIV — The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been torn over a power struggle regarding responsibility for Israel’s strategic affairs.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz.  /Kobi Gideon/GPO
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz. /Kobi Gideon/GPO

Israeli sources said the struggle has pitted the National Security Council against the Strategic Affairs Ministry amid U.S. pressure on the Jewish state.

They said Netanyahu has veered from one side to the other in what has resulted in at least one high-level resignation.

“There is chaos in the prime minister’s office because Netanyahu can’t stick to a decision,” a source said. “So, in the end, everybody gets involved and steps over each other.”

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