Israelis demand Netanyahu resign for Gaza truce

Israeli Minister of Education Naftali Bennett gives a speech in Ramat Gan Israel on Thursday. — AFP

Israel will pick a date to hold early elections on Sunday following a tumultuous week for the nation.

The truce brokered by Egypt, with support from the United Nations, to contain the violence prompted the resignation of Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who demanded a large-scale operation in Gaza against the Islamist movement Hamas, which controls the strip.

In addition to the Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, announcing his resignation from the post, in protest against the ceasefire agreement of the Israeli Cabinet with the Palestinian factions in Gaza. Instead, Netanyahu himself will serve as acting defense minister for the time being, in addition to his duties as prime minister and acting foreign minister. He launched a series of meetings with leaders of the parties that compose his government to avoid its collapse.

Netanyahu "stressed the importance of making every effort to preserve the right-wing government and not to repeat the historical mistake of 1992 when the right-wing government was overthrown, the left came into power and brought the Oslo disaster to the State of Israel", according to the Prime Minister's Office. Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, the head of the center-right Kulanu Party, has said it is an economic must to have elections as early as possible.

Netanyahu's coalition has 61 seats in the 120-member Knesset.

Following two days of Israeli airstrikes across Gaza, the Hamas movement agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel earlier this week, causing the uproar among Jewish settlements surrounding Gaza.

"It's unlikely, but not impossible the plan is released before the Israeli election", A senior Trump administration official told Fox News.

Deri, the Interior Minister, echoed his call, increasing pressure on Netanyahu to dissolve the government. Netanyahu has repeatedly proclaimed his innocence, often employing the phrase "There will be nothing because there is nothing".

Likud would receive 29 seats, with opposition party Yesh Atid coming in second with 18 seats.

Opposition lawmakers also urged Netanyahu to call early elections after Liberman resigned on Wednesday.

Hamas security forces on Friday prevented the estimated 8,000 to 10,000 demonstrators from reaching border fences where Israeli military were stationed, sources said.

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