DM Liberman to hold press conference, could resign over ceasefire pushed by Netanyahu
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman announced a special meeting of his party, after which he is expected to deliver a ‘major announcement’ to the media, sparking rumors he could resign over the ceasefire with Hamas.
According to sources, Liberman is expected to announce he is stepping down after weeks of disagreements with PM Netanyahu and IDF chiefs on Gaza policy.
“He is currently choosing between the end of his career if he stays in his position, and a slight chance of rehabilitating his public image if he resigns,” a senior cabinet member said.
After almost 500 rockets fired at southern Israel, Hamas and other Gaza terror groups said Tuesday they had accepted an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire with Israel.
An Israeli official said that a ceasefire has been reached and that “Israel reserves its freedom to operate.”
Some cabinet ministers claimed that Netanyahu “imprisoned” them and while they were discussing potential solutions to the escalation, he was aware that there were already advances underway to promote a ceasefire.
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s bureau released a statement in which it denied previous reports that said Liberman supported a halt to Israeli strikes on Gaza.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett also released a statement denying he supported any kind of ceasefire.
Following news of the ceasefire, residents of southern Israel gathered at the entrance to the town of Sderot, protesting against the security situation, Israel’s lack of reaction against rocket attacks and continued terrorism from Gaza.
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Furious at cabinet’s decision, some 500 protesters burned tires, waved signs, shouted “Bibi go home” and blocked roads in Sderot.
They are planning further demonstrations and road blockages in Tel Aviv on Wednesday to protest the ceasefire with the terror group.