Netanyahu bars Mossad head from briefing opposition party on ISIS

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Tamir Pardo reportedly agreed to brief Zionist Union, but conditioned talk on PM’s approval, which wasn’t forthcoming.

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By Barak Ravid

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has forbidden the head of the Mossad to brief Zionist Union Knesset members on the threat posed by ISIS (Islamic State) 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 Haaretz that the faction decided it needed more information about ISIS in light of three recent events: last week’s attack on Egyptian security forces by the organization’s Sinai affiliate, Wilayat Sinai; the group’s rocket fire at southern Israel over the weekend; and the statement by former CIA director David Petraeus that ISIS is currently a bigger threat than Iran.

On Sunday, therefore, she asked Mossad director Tamir Pardo if he would attend Zionist…

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