REPORT: Netanyahu’s cabinet in revolt over ceasefire agreement

Kinda stinks that Netanyahu’s cabinet is at such odds with him, but as I said before, I don’t blame them. After years of doing the same thing over and over, the people of Israel are tired of living this way and want permanent change. That means destroying Hamas.

As much as I hate to say it, if Netanyahu is unwilling to do what needs to be done and destroy Hamas, then it’s time for his replacement.

TELEGRAPH – Israel’s acceptance of an Egyptian ceasefire proposal may have temporarily ended the war with Hamas – but the move has sparked a row within Israel’s security cabinet that now threatens the future of the country’s coalition government.

Over half of Israel’s cabinet members are said to have opposed the ceasefire deal which entered into effect on Tuesday evening, with many members furious that Mr Netanyahu opted not to bring it up to a vote.

Discussions over the ceasefire between Israel, Egypt and the Palestinians have been going over the weekend – but during this time, Mr Netanyahu is said to have kept his cabinet out of the loop, Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

Only once news of the ceasefire agreement had been reported by the Arab media were Israeli cabinet ministers briefed over the phone of the development, writes Haaretz’s Diplomatic Correspondent Barak Ravid.

Naftali Bennett, the economy minister, formerly an adviser of Mr Netanyahu and now one of the prime minister’s key critics, even sought to bring the ceasefire decision to a vote upon realising that many of the cabinet members were against the deal.

However, Mr Netanyahu produced a legal opinion which stated that a vote was not necessary.

Mr Netanyahu has faced growing opposition from his cabinet over his handling of the war with Hamas during the 50-day campaign.

Avigdor Lieberman, the foreign minister, who had recently pulled out his party from an alliance with Mr Netanyahu’s Likud, has ceaselessly called for a reoccupation of the Gaza strip and a crushing of Hamas, whilst criticising Mr Netanyahu for not acting with enough force.

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I’m totally with Lieberman. Although I wouldn’t call it a reoccupation of Gaza, I’d call it a reunification of Gaza into Israel. But the effect would be the same. Hamas would be destroyed and Gaza would be run much like Judea and Samaria.

I know it takes tons of resources to do this but it must be done. And the US should be willing to help with foreign aid.

 

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