WORLD Israeli defense minister resigns over Gaza truce

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Israeli defense minister resigns over Gaza truce

AP

19:56, November 14, 2018

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A picture taken on November 12, 2018 shows a ball of fire above the building housing the Hamas-run television station al-Aqsa TV in Gaza City during an Israeli air strike. (Photo: VCG)

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman says he is resigning in protest over the cease-fire reached with Gaza militants.

Lieberman’s resignation Wednesday significantly weakens Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling coalition government and could bring about an early election.

Lieberman says the cease-fire reached with Gaza’s Hamas rulers was a “surrender to terrorism.” Lieberman has demanded a far stronger Israeli response to the most intense round of rocket fire against Israel since a 50-day war in 2014. He says he also fiercely objected to Israel’s allowing Qatar to deliver $15 million in aid to Gaza last week.

Lieberman's resignation will go into effect in 48 hours. Netanyahu will take over on an interim basis.

Hamas calls Lieberman's resignation a "victory for Gaza".

The latest fighting was triggered by a botched Israeli raid into Gaza on Sunday that ignited clashes and left seven Palestinian militants and a senior Israeli officer dead.

Lieberman's resignation delivers a major blow to Israel’s ruling coalition and appears likely to spark early elections.

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