The Israeli Defence Minister Announced His Resignation and Called for Early Elections

JERUSALEM, Israel ( – Yesterday, 14 November 2018, the Defence Minister of Israel Avigdor Lieberman announced his resignation and called for early elections, learned

The announcement for the resignation of the Israeli Minister of Defence came after a sharp disagreement over a Gaza ceasefire deal. As a result of this now the Israeli government is thrown into turmoil.

In addition, Lieberman said that his party was quitting the coalition of the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. That move would leave the premier with only a one-seat majority in parliament.

The next elections are due in November next year, but as a result of Lieberman’s resignation there is a possibility they to be carried out earlier.

The explanation of Lieberman for resignation in front of journalists was, “What happened yesterday – the truce combined with the process with Hamas – is capitulating to terror. What we’re doing now as a state is buying short-term quiet, with the price being severe long-term damage to national security,” and later he added, “We should agree on a date for elections as early as possible.”

Tuesday’s ceasefire deal, which ended the worst escalation between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza since a 2014 war, has been defended by Netanyahu.

An official from Netanyahu’s Likud party stated on condition of anonymity, “There’s no obligation to go to an election in this time of security sensitivity.”

According to a Likud spokesperson, Netanyahu had initiated consultations with heads of parties in his coalition for stabilizing it and added that the consultations would continue Thursday.

But he said in a statement that Lieberman had yet to submit his resignation letter.

Meanwhile, the party of far-right Education Minister Naftali Bennett, a rival of Netanyahu, was threatening to withdraw from the coalition if he was not given the defence portfolio.

Avigdor Lieberman, who is a Soviet-born Israeli politician, was appointed Israel’s Minister of Defence in June 2016, as a result of his party agreeing to join the government coalition.

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Source: The Defense Post, Wikipedia