Friday, May 20, 2016

Fifty-one percent of Israeli Jews saw Yaalon as best suited for defense minister

There is a shake up taking place within the Israeli government. Some citizens there are worried about it. 

May 20, 2016
Be Seerat Chabba

Israel Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon (click here) announced his resignation Friday, citing lack of faith in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanhayu. The announcement came after Netanyahu proposed to replace him with a political ally in order to expand the coalition government.
There has been no official statement but according to unidentified sources cited by Reuters, the prime minister offered the post to ultra-nationalist politician Avigdor Lieberman Wednesday. If Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party joined the ruling coalition, the government — run by Netanyahu’s Likud party — would have 67 of the parliament’s 120 seats, up from the current 61.
Yaalon said on Twitter (in Hebrew): “I informed the PM that after his conduct and recent developments, and given the lack of faith in him, I am resigning from the government and parliament and taking a break from political life.”
Netanyahu and Yaalon had reportedly clashed this month over the trial of an Israeli soldier who shot dead a wounded Palestinian assailant lying on the ground. Yaalon spoke out against public calls for clemency while Netanyahu took a more reserved position....
...Reports suggest that Yaalon's exit could affect the domestic and Western confidence in the ruling government....