Minister for Defense Avigdor Lieberman announced his resignation on Wednesday and called for elections to be held as soon as possible, saying he hoped that a date will be set by Sunday. Lieberman said that all his party members, Yisrael Beiteinu, will give the best to the coalition.
However, a higher source in Likud said, Prime Minister's party, Benjamin Netanyahu, that elections are not necessarily a next step and added that Netanyahu will start the Lieberman portfolio initially. Lieberman, the head of Yisrael Beiteinu, will restore his Knesset seat following his resignation, as provided by law.
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"I was not looking for reasons to give it up," Lieberman said at a press conference. "I tried to continue to be a member of the faithful government, in the cabinet, even keeping internal differences at election cost." The two turning points, he said, were the millions of dollars in cash supplied from Qatar to Gaza, and Israel arrived to prevent a fire with Hamas on Tuesday.
"There is no other definition, no other significance, but a headline for terrorism," he added, adding: "What we are doing now as a country is buying a short-term quiet at the cost of our long-term security."
"It is not confidential that there are differences between the prime minister and I," said Lieberman. "I did not agree to allow access to Qatari money [into Gaza], and I must only allow it after the First Minister announced that. "He said similar differences were turning to the evacuation of the village of Bedouin Khan al-Ahmar in West Bank.
The departure of Yisrael Beiteinu means that Netanyahu still has the majority seat of Knesset (61-59) to hold the coalition. Another key coalition partners in the Netanyahu government, Habayit Hayehudi (led by the Education Minister Naftali Bennett) said that unless the defense portfolio was going to Bennett, the party will also give the best coalition.
Hamas, who controls the Gaza Strip, said that Lieberman's resignation was a recognition of Israel's enforcement against military conflicts this week with the Islamic group.
Following the cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Lieberman and Bennett announced statements against the journey that had been received with Hamas. Sources, as soon as he gave the most recent round of motivation fighting, said Lieberman demanded a "sharp, sharp" movement against Hamas. The sources close to Bennett said his objection to the fire stop was a clear crystal.
However, other sources said that the ministers support one organization of the ultimate defense that action should be taken to restore the quiet.
According to Lieberman associates, the Prime Minister's Office claimed that the defense minister had supported the fire termination agreement in Gaza damaging her.
Hamas Husan Badran Senior Officer said Tuesday, the third day of liabilities, "if Netanyahu has an interest in finishing this round, he must fire [Defense Minister] Lieberman, who in his behavioral behavior caused the progress. "
"After Lieberman goes home, Netanyahu needs to be the next in line. He is the man who promised to bring down the government of Hamas," but eventually became "the insurance certificate" for leaders of Hamas Ismail Haniyeh and Yahya Sinwar.
Avi Gabbay, head of the opposition squad leader of the Union, welcomed the resignation of Lieberman and in a cynical post on Facebook called the defense minister "the wrong person to deal with the security of the citizens of Israel."
Then he set in to Lieberman calling his "" dealer, the level of his pollution and the rotation and his / her participants had eaten a good part of the public service. "
Gabbay, who before joining the Zionist Union was the environmental protection minister in the Netanyahu assembly, stated that Lieberman's appointment was provoking his own resignation from the cabinet, which called "the straw that broke the back of the camel . "
In his part, Knesset's Knesset member Ksenia Svetlova tweeted: "It's probably not two years long enough for Avigdor Lieberman to abolish Haniyeh within 48 hours, as he promised, but on the other hand it was 48 hours It is enough for Haniyeh to erase Lieberman's term as a defense minister. "
Leader of the opposition forces Knesset Tzipi Livni of the European Union called on the whole government to resign, saying "the government, who has failed in defense, needs to go. There is no peace, no assurance."
Livni called for elections, and claimed that he would lead to a "crisis coalition" led by the Union of Union and said that the current coalition partners did not have answers about Israel's defense. A new defense strategy is needed on the country, combining military strength and diplomatic enterprise, he says.
The chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Avi Dichter, First Minister's Likud party, Netanyahu, expressed a lack of Lieberman's resignation but was called "absolutely political". When questioning the timing of the resignation following the frustration with Hamas and allies in Gaza, Dichter said: "After 24 hours of a security campaign, [he] announces he's jumping a ship? The explanations are not convincing enough. I come from another culture. "
Leah and Simcha Goldin, the parents of Hadar Goldin, whose body had held in Gaza since he was killed against fighting in 2014, also responded to Lieberman's resignation. The Goldins said that Lieberman "has clearly identified and remarkable things that need to be described in the heart of every citizen of Israel that the values of the Israeli army and the responsibility of both sides are important to them."
Gaza should not have a long-term arrangement that does not address the return of their son's body, another military body, Oron Shaul, and return two civilians of Israel who are believed to be held in Gaza. "This responsibility is only on the shoulders of the First Minister of Netanyahu," said Goldins.
In recent weeks, Lieberman and Bennett have argued between them about Gaza and the actions of Israel there. Last month, Bennett accused Lieberman of a weak defense policy, left wing, while Lieberman claims that Bennett says the opposite in what he says in public.
Lieberman and cabinet were split out for the sale of gasoline and natural gas to Gaza, and in defense forums, it was decided that the Minister for Safeguarding can not make decisions on the subject without the cabinet agreement. The ministers were surprised last month by Lieberman's decision to break the fuel supply to Gaza, a decision made by himself, contrary to the defense establishment site. Netanyahu and cabinet members heard about the decision for the first time through the media.