Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman declared his resignation on Wednesday in protest in a Gaza ceasefire he known as a”capitulation to terror”, weakening Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s conservative coalition authorities.
“Can I remain in office, I wouldn’t be in a position to appear southern residents at the eye,” Lieberman told reporters, speaking to Israelis exposed to a surge in Palestinian rocket attacks prior to Tuesday’s truce took hold. Lieberman said his resignation, that will go into effect 48 hours after he submits a formal letter to Netanyahu, also withdraws his far-right Israel Beitenu party from the coalition.
That will leave Netanyahu with management of just 61 of the 120 seats in parliament annually before Israel’s next election.
Political commentators had speculated that Netanyahu, who despite his approval ratings was dogged by numerous corruption analyses, might contribute to the ballot. They also observed in Lieberman’s choice to give up a bid to poach votes from Netanyahu and far-right cupboard rival Naftali Bennett of that the Jewish Home celebration, before an election.
A spokeman for Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud played the option of an early survey, saying the prime minister could presume the defence article. “There is not any need to visit an election during what’s a sensitive time for national safety. This authorities can see its days out,” the spokesman, Jonatan Urich, stated on Twitter.