Netanyahu says ‘unnecessary and wrong’ to call snap Israeli polls

Lester Mason
November 18, 2018

"The meeting between the finance minister and the prime minister ended without results", the spokesman said in a statement.

"In a period of security sensitivity, it's unnecessary and wrong to go to elections", Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting. Hamas called the resignation, which could bring about early elections in the occupied lands, as "an admission of defeat" and a "political victory" for the Palestinian resistance.

Waving a handgun he said had been taken from Israeli special forces after a botched raid in Gaza took place Sunday, November 11, Sinwar warned that Hamas's hands were "on the trigger" and their eyes were "open". The ceasefire prompted defence minister Avigdor Lieberman to resign in protest, and to accuse Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of "surrendering to Hamas terror". His Yisrael Beiteinu party has also quit the governing coalition, and its five MPs have withdrawn support for the government, reducing the 66 seats that Netanyahu's coalition had to 61.

Naftali Bennett, the education minister of the far-right Jewish Home party, which holds eight seats in parliament, has demanded the defence portfolio as a way of keeping the government together.

Bennett is one of Netanyahu's main right-wing rivals.

The Israeli force exposed last week in Gaza was apparently planning to install a listening device, senior Hamad official Khalil al-Haya told the Hamas-run al-Aqsa television station Saturday.

Speaking at a memorial for Palestinians killed in recent fights against the Israeli Army, Yahya Sinwar, who is the leader of Hamas in Gaza, said: "I advise Israel not to try and test us again". "There is no other alternative".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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