Wednesday morning began to silence, but in the evening, Israel had a new defense minister: Benjamin Netanyahu.Netanyahu is already Israel's…
Wednesday morning began to silence, but in the evening, Israel had a new defense minister: Benjamin Netanyahu.
Netanyahu is already Israel’s prime minister, foreign minister and communications manager. He seized another title after the former defense minister Avigdor Lieberman protested over Netanyahu’s policy, including his decision to accept a ceasefire following intense conflicts between Israel and Hamas, as well as other Palestinian militants.
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Netanyahu was forced to defend its decision to accept the ceasefire after Israeli residents of the Sderot city protested and demanded harder measures against Hamas.
“I hear the voices of the inhabitants of the south,” Netanyahu said, talking on Wednesday at a memorial service for the country’s founding father, David Ben Gurion. “Believe me, they are valuable to me, their words penetrate my heart.”
“In normal times, a leader must pay attention to the hearts of the people, and our people are wise. But in times of crisis, the public can not always be a partner when making critical decisions in the field of security.” The crucial considerations that must be hidden from the enemy said he.
“Our enemies have asked for a ceasefire, and they know very well why,” Netanyahu added, with the help of the world, “ceasefire” for the first time since Sunday. After a marathon 7-hour session on Tuesday, Israeli authorities did not use the word and said instead that it would be calm unless the action was “required”.
But hours later, Netanyahu lost his hard right defense minister.
“I’m here to announce my termination as Defense Minister of the State of Israel,” Lieberman said at a press conference on Wednesday morning.
“There is no secret that there were differences between Netanyahu and me,” he said, calling the fiery fire a “abandonment to terror” and denied that he had ever encountered it.
“I could not continue in my position. I can not see in the eyes of the residents in the south and families of the kidnapped soldiers.”
Lieberman added that he also did not agree with the decision of the Netanyahu government to allow Qatari money and fuel to enter Gaza last weekend, which was used to paying official salaries and providing all necessary electricity. During the weekend, some Gaza quarters enjoyed 8 hours of electricity, a huge triumph for many people. Lieberman also demanded early elections.
Lieberman will return to Knesset as a member, but his party, Yisrael Beiteinu, is no longer part of Netanyahu’s ruling coalition, making the prime minister with a rakhyveldimma majority in only 61 votes.
While Netanyahu’s party Likud said he could also deal with the responsibility of the defense minister, officials of the Minister of Education, Naftali Bennet’s party, Beit Hayehudi, told the Israeli press that, unless he is given defense minister, he will withdraw his party from the coalition . Without Beit Hayehudi, Netanyahu’s fourth government will collapse.
So while the ceasefire is holding Gaza, the Netanyahu government can not hold the night.