Israel’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee (FADC), the parliamentary panel with oversight of the nation’s defense establishment, has been rendered dangerously dysfunctional due to political infighting over the committee chair, lawmakers here said.

Roughly akin to the Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees of the US House and Senate, the FADC oversees policies and operations of the Israeli military, Defense Ministry, Mossad and Shin Bet secret services, Atomic Energy Commission, Foreign Ministry, and National Security Council.

While it lacks budget authority, the FADC and its subcommittees can block major spending programs and demand government accountability and reform of intelligence and security procedures.