Netanyahu besieged: IDF, Mossad send prime minister an angry letter

Israel’s top security chiefs angered by Netanyahu’s perceived attempt to consolidate power

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The heads of Israel's top three security bodies – the IDF, Mossad and the Shin Bet (Israel's equivalent of the FBI) – directly expressed their frustration with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his plans to establish a new cyber-security agency.

The IDF, Mossad and the Shin Bet all three already operate their own cyber-security departments, which have succeeded in thwarting thousands, if not millions, of cyber attacks against Israel.

The heads of Israel's security apparatuses sent Netanyahu an angry letter, telling him the newly-planned National Cyber Authority would cause "severe harm to the security of the State of Israel."

They said the new authority's powers as defined were too broad. On top of that, the new authority would answer directly to the prime minister, consolidating a great deal of power in his hands.

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