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The ceasefire in Gaza has just made its first collateral victims: the israeli Defence minister. Avigdor Lieberman has announced his resignation to express his disagreement with the security policy of prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He accuses the head of the government of “weakness in the face of terrorists”.

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The leader of the party of ultra-nationalists and Russian-speaking Yisraël Beitenou, which required a military operation against Hamas, the islamist movement that controls the Gaza strip, was in an untenable position. He participated on Wednesday at the meeting of the committee of restricted security held, after firing more than 400 rockets and missiles the palestinians in the direction of the south of the country and the bombing by Israel of more than a hundred buildings and military sites in the palestinian enclave. The head of the government had ruled in favor of de-escalation, following the advice of all military leaders in israel. He was and remains in favour of exploring other options that an offensive air mass or a ground invasion of the Gaza strip in an attempt to resolve a crisis that has left more than 200 dead for the past seven months.

Lierberman had swallowed many snakes

Avigdor Lieberman, whose resignation is expected to take effect in the next 48 hours, called for the organization of early parliamentary elections to settle the differences that are tearing apart the israeli right. It table on the fragility of the majority of which has Benjamin Netanyahu at the Knesset in order to achieve its purposes.

the Defense Minister for two and a half years, Avigdor Lieberman had swallowed in recent months – by his own admission – so many snakes. He demanded without success the evacuation by the strength of the camp of the bedouin of Khan al-Ahmar in the west bank in September, was opposed in October to the delivery of fuel from Qatar to fuel the Gaza power plant and had denounced the payment last week of $ 15 million in cash by a diplomat of qatar to pay the salaries of the officials of Hamas. Israel has been “complicit in the financing of terrorists,” he said in commenting on his resignation. The cease-fire was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

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