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Sun Nov 18, 2018, 07:50 PM

Benjamin Netanyahu rejects calls for election and takes defence portfolio

Source: Associated Press

Benjamin Netanyahu rejects calls for election and takes defence portfolio

Associated Press in Jerusalem
Sun 18 Nov 2018 19.28 GMT

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has said he will take on the defence minister portfolio, rejecting calls to dissolve his government even as early elections appeared increasingly likely.

Netanyahu said heading to elections now, amid repeated violent confrontations with Gaza militants, was “irresponsible” of his coalition partners, who have been pushing for early polls since the resignation last week of the defence minister, Avigdor Lieberman, over a Gaza ceasefire.

“Today, I take on for the first time the position of defence minister,” said Netanyahu on Sunday, speaking from Israel’s defence headquarters in Tel Aviv in a statement broadcast live at the start of the evening news. “We are in one of the most complex security situations and during a period like this, you don’t topple a government. During a period like this, you don’t go to elections.”

The sudden coalition crisis was sparked by the resignation of the hawkish Lieberman, who had demanded a far stronger response last week to the most massive wave of rocket attacks on Israel since the 2014 Israel-Hamas war. He alleges the ceasefire agreement reached with Gaza’s Hamas rulers will put southern Israel under a growing threat from the group, similar to that posed to northern Israel by Lebanon’s heavily armed Hezbollah.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/18/netanyahu-israel-prime-minister-meets-with-coalition-partner-to-stop-government-collapse

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Sun Nov 18, 2018, 08:10 PM

1. What the hell is happening?

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