-Israel Defence Minister slam PM Netanyahu leadership as he resign, quits government

Israel Defence Minister slam PM Netanyahu leadership as he resign, quits government

Dramatic shake up at Netanyahu's government, as DM Yaalon resigns and quits the government, hinting Netanyahu must be replaced - After his resignation both from the position of DM and as an MK, Ya'alon held a press conference at noon in Tel Aviv.

At the conference, Ya'alon began by stating that, though he was taking a break, he did not intend to leave political and public life. Ya'alon addressed the political storm that led to his resignation, "I found myself in difficult political arguments with the prime minister over core values."

“Regrettably, there are senior politicians in our country who have chosen to incite and split up sections of Israeli society from one another, instead of unifying and connecting them. I find it unacceptable that we be divided due to cynicism and a lust for power, and I have repeatedly voiced my opinion on the matter out of honest concern for the future of both the current generation in Israel and the ones that will follow.

"Those who lead us must do so based on ethics, an inner compass and at times against an opposing gale-force wind. They should work to outline a path, and not get blown off course for electoral reasons or in light of public surveys, nor should they conduct or agree to any reckless and irresponsible discourse.” He continued, "Fundamentalist influences have taken over Likud. This is not the same Likud that I joined. A spirit of fracturing is ruling the movement.

The outgoing defense minister addressed his work, "I fought with all my strength against the phenomena of extremism, violence and racism in Israeli society that threatens our might and also permeates the IDF, and has already damaged it. "In the future I will return to contend for Israel's national leadership."

In a message posted to his Twitter feed and Facebook page on Friday morning, Ya'alon wrote, "I informed the prime minister this morning that following his recent actions and developments, and given the lack of faith in him, I am resigning from the government and the Knesset and taking a break from political life."

The resignation comes amid a dramatic coalition shake-up in which his post is set to be handed to Member of Knesset Avigdor Liberman in a bid to bring Liberman into Netanyahu’s razor-thin 61-seat coalition.

Netanyahu’s opponents on the opposition celebrated Ya’alon’s decision, saying it showed the current government was irresponsible and dangerous. Ya’alon “is a brave man, who exposed the moral nakedness of Netanyahu to the whole world,” said Labour MK Erel Margalit. Yesh Atid MK Ofer Shelah called Ya’alon a “decent man who did the decent thing: He refused to be another clown in the Netanyahu circus, and left him in disgust.”

Several cabinet ministers lamented the loss. Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, and Interior Minister Aryeh Deri called on him to retract his resignation.

Likud’s Minister for Social Equality Gila Gamliel seemed to blame Netanyahu for the resignation. “I have no doubt that if Ya’alon was treated differently, and not with contempt, we would have been spared his resignation today,” she said. “Ya’alon’s resignation is a great loss to the nationalist camp, generally, and the Likud party, specifically. For decades, since his days as an officer, as commander of Sayeret Matkal [the elite commando force] and later as chief of staff, Ya’alon gave much to the country, and all of us, without exception, owe him a great deal,” added Gamliel.


By: aydeo (16145.58)

Tags: Defence Minister,Yaalon,Resign,Slam,Nethanyahu

Location: Israel

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