BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he’s assuming the position of Defence Minister, which was left vacant after Avigdor Lieberman’s Wednesday resignation, while speaking from Tel Aviv on Sunday.
“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. It is irresponsible,” said Netanyahu.
“The security of the state is beyond politics and the security of the state is beyond personal considerations and that’s why you can see the effort I am making during the last days, I am making every possible effort to prevent unnecessary elections,” he added.
Netanyahu has come under heavy criticism for agreeing to a ceasefire with Hamas after two days of intense fighting.
Lieberman and his right-wing Yisrael Beitenu party withdrew from the ruling coalition in protest over the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire in Gaza.
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