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Israel: Minister Resigns as Netanyahu Goes Full-Nazi

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suffered his second cabinet resignation in a week on Friday when a minister quit over the appointment of a hardline nationalist in the “extremist government”.

Environment minister Avi Gabbay announced his resignation in a strongly worded statement that accused Netanyahu of putting the country on a path to ruin.

Gabbay said that he was “unable to swallow” Netanyahu’s decision to take the defence portfolio from former general Moshe Yaalon and hand it to Avigdor Lieberman, who has pledged harsh measures against Palestinian “terrorists”.

Yaalon resigned from the government a week ago in protest, warning of a rising tide of extremism in the party and the country as a whole.

“I could not accept the removal of Yaalon, a professional and thoughtful defence minister,” Gabbay said.

“The country of course has the right to have a government of the right or left,” he added. “But I do not think it is right… to form an extremist government.”

“We must stop the process which I fear will lead to our ruin.”

Gabbay, of the centre-right Kulanu party, is not a member of parliament and his resignation does not affect the ruling rightwing coalition’s majority.

Yaalon himself was quick to praise Gabbay for his stand.

“In our politics, sticking to principles has become an object of ridicule, while U-turns and deceit are considered ‘sophisticated’,” he wrote on Twitter in Hebrew. cont DS

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suffered his second cabinet resignation in a week on Friday when a minister quit over the appointment of a hardline nationalist in the “extremist government”.

Environment minister Avi Gabbay announced his resignation in a strongly worded statement that accused Netanyahu of putting the country on a path to ruin.

Gabbay said that he was “unable to swallow” Netanyahu’s decision to take the defence portfolio from former general Moshe Yaalon and hand it to Avigdor Lieberman, who has pledged harsh measures against Palestinian “terrorists”.

Yaalon resigned from the government a week ago in protest, warning of a rising tide of extremism in the party and the country as a whole.

“I could not accept the removal of Yaalon, a professional and thoughtful defence minister,” Gabbay said.

“The country of course has the right to have a government of the right or left,” he added. “But I do not think it is right… to form an extremist government.”

“We must stop the process which I fear will lead to our ruin.”

Gabbay, of the centre-right Kulanu party, is not a member of parliament and his resignation does not affect the ruling rightwing coalition’s majority.

Yaalon himself was quick to praise Gabbay for his stand.

“In our politics, sticking to principles has become an object of ridicule, while U-turns and deceit are considered ‘sophisticated’,” he wrote on Twitter in Hebrew. cont DS

At least some people are taking a stand!! We need more people to take a stand for what they believe in!! While there is blood on both sides here, Israel is in a real position to promote a lasting peace with the Palestinians but they dont. The resources in the Golan heights and west bank are just too tempting to them. Once they see that these resources are finite and already depleted what will they be fighting for then?? I'm glad to see Israelis taking a stand for peace, a little late, but better than never.

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