Monday , April 12 2021

The Israeli hard-liner training minister is to provide a PM ultimatum



Naphtali Bennett threatens to pull the party's coalition government if he is not given a defense portfolio

Abdel Raouf Arnaout

JERUSALEM

Israeli Minister of Education Naftali Bennett has threatened to withdraw from his Jewish-dominated government if he is not granted a defense brief after the abrupt departure of Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

"If Bennett is not a defense minister, his party is betrayed by the ruling coalition," Jerusalem Post quoted one official as saying.

Earlier, the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation quoted a senior Likud official as saying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was likely to take on the defense portfolio after leaving Lieberman.

On Wednesday, Lieberman soon abandoned his office one day after a cease-fire between the Palestinian resistance movements and Israel.

Lieberman announced that he would resign to the closed meeting of Yisrael Beiteinu members.

If Bennett's Jewish home party withdraws from the government, Netanyahu's current Likud-led coalition loses the majority of Knesset and makes it vulnerable to the Parliament's motion of censure.

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