The recent, surprise resignation of Israel’s defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has brought Israel to the brink of snap elections.
Lieberman, who has long demanded a more aggressive Israeli policy in Gaza quit in protest over a ceasefire agreement, calling the deal a “surrender to terror.”
He also confirmed that his resignation would be followed by the withdrawal of his right-wing nationalist party, Yisrael Beiteinu, from the ruling coalition with Netanyahu’s Likud. With Yisrael Beitenu’s departure, the coalition will be down to just 61 seats in parliament – holding a 1-seat majority. As a result, early elections are expected as soon as March 2019.
It seems Lieberman wants a conflict in Gaza and is threatening to bring down the Israeli government if he doesn’t get one
For the sake of national security following several high-profile resignations, the Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has taken over the position of Defense Minister. He has warned remaining ministers against pushing for an early election.
Just days into a ceasefire with Gaza, the Israelis sent commandos in to assassinate a Hamas leader. Hamas then surprised Israel with more than 400 rockets in retaliation, leading to another ceasefire agreed by Netanyahu.