Lawmaker prods Olmert over Syria

An Israeli lawmaker demanded Ehud Olmert provide an accounting of Israel’s alleged airstrike inside Syria.

Zehava Gal-On of the Meretz Party said Monday that she had written to Attorney General Menachem Mazuz to request that he order the prime minister to make a special appearance before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Gal-On said Olmert, whose government has been silent on Syrian accusations that Israel’s air force bombed its territory on Sept. 6, must provide details to the Knesset panel.

“It is inconceivable that there not be Knesset oversight on Israel Defense Force operations across the border – if not in advance, then at least in retrospect,” Gal-On told Army Radio.

Mazuz’s office had no immediate comment. Foreign media have speculated that Israel’s warplanes struck a suspected nuclear plant in Syria, suggesting the mission was so sensitive as to warrant Olmert muzzling his administration.

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