Israeli minister resigns after row with Netanyahu
Written by Morenike Adebayo on May 20, 2016
Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon has resigned after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly offered his post to former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman.
The former armed forces chief of staff said on social media today that he will be taking a break from politics because he lacked trust in the Prime Minister.
Yaalon’s surprise resignation comes two days after Lieberman said he would be open to bringing his far-right Yisrael Beiteinu party into Netanyahu’s coalition if a number of conditions were met, including being named defence minister.
It also follows a public disagreement between the two men after Mr Yaalon backed a senior military figure, who made controversial remarks about Israeli society on Holocaust Day earlier this month.
The deal between the PM and Lieberman will shore up Mr Netanyahu’s one-seat majority in parliament.