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Israel - Environment Minister Resigns In Protest Of Liberman's Entry Into Coalition

Published on: May 27, 2016 07:36 AM
By: Reuters
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Israeli Environmental Minister Avi Gabai holds a press conference on May 27, 2016, announcing his resignation from politics in protest over the appointment of Avigdor Liberman as new defense minsiter. Photo by FLASH90  Israeli Environmental Minister Avi Gabai holds a press conference on May 27, 2016, announcing his resignation from politics in protest over the appointment of Avigdor Liberman as new defense minsiter. Photo by FLASH90

Jerusalem - Israel’s centrist environment minister announced he was resigning on Friday in protest at the inclusion of ultra-nationalist Avigdor Lieberman in the coalition government, the second such cabinet walkout in a week.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed up Lieberman as Israel’s new defense minister on Wednesday in a pact beefing up his coalition to six parties with control over 66 of parliament’s 120 seats, up from a razor-thin majority of 61.

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“The recent political maneuvering and defense minister’s replacement are, in my view, grave actions that ignore what is important for the country’s security and will bring about more extremism and rifts among the people,” Environment Minister Avi Gabbay said in a resignation statement.

Gabbay is with Koolanu, the lone centrist party in the coalition, with 10 lawmakers in parliament.

His announcement comes days after the former defense minister, Moshe Yaalon of Netanyahu’s conservative Likud party, stepped down in protest at his portfolio being offered to Lieberman.

Gabbay had sparred with Netanyahu over government plans to develop Israeli natural gas reserves in the Mediterranean sea under a consortium that critics say will limit competition and keep prices high.



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 May 27, 2016 at 08:23 AM Anonymous Says:

Whining baby.

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 May 27, 2016 at 09:38 AM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

so go join Ahmed Tibi and Hanan Zoabi in the opposition.

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 May 27, 2016 at 10:25 AM anonymous Says:

B"H another Leftist out of the government. No big loss anyhow. He was only in office for a year and will hopefully be replaced with someone more competent.

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 May 27, 2016 at 11:44 AM Anonymous Says:

Great! Fill up the cabinet with ultra right wing MKs that will torch the treifene medinah down. Theyre building their own tliya. Just as the holy rebbe said. What a relief! Mashiach is on his way!!!

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 May 27, 2016 at 03:07 PM ALTERG3 Says:

Big loss for jews, lieberman & glick are wild people doing things even it will cost Jewish blood, so isreal will get now a bloodshiled land.

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 May 27, 2016 at 03:52 PM Anonymous Says:

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ALTERG3 Says:

Big loss for jews, lieberman & glick are wild people doing things even it will cost Jewish blood, so isreal will get now a bloodshiled land.

Gei kakken oifen yam, you NK illiterate shoiteh!

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