Israeli defense minister steps down after Gaza truce

Politics 11/14/2018, 12:39 PM
Israeli defense minister steps down after Gaza truce

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman (pictured) announced on Wednesday that he will step down from his position, reportedly in protest over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to strike a ceasefire with Hamas following two days of intense exchange of fire in and around the Gaza Strip. Lieberman accused the prime minister of "surrendering to Hamas terror" and said that if he didn't resign, he "wouldn't be able to look the residents of the south [Israel] in the eye."

Lieberman added that he also disagreed with Netanyahu on a number of issues including allowing Qatari gas into Gaza and delaying the demolition of Khan al Ahmar, a Palestinian community on the West Bank. Lieberman is the leader of the secular-nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party, which together with Netanyahu's Likud Party forms Israel's ruling majority.

Yesterday, an Egypt- brokered truce was agreed between Hamas and Israel to end yet the latest violent episode in the decades-long Israeli-Palestine conflict. Almost 500 missiles were fired at southern Israel from Gaza Strip between Monday and Tuesday, the largest number of rockets ever fired from the enclave in a single day. Israel responded in a similar fashion, striking Hamas targets across the Gaza Strip.

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