Israel avoids early elections as coalition is kept intact

A driver can be seen using Israeli made technology Waze

A driver can be seen using Israeli made technology Waze

Gaza-based Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar said Sunday at a memorial service for terrorist fighters killed last week during a clash with IDF soldiers that despite the agreement with Israel worked out by Egypt, Hamas "would not sell its blood for diesel and dollars".

Another coalition partner, Avigdor Lieberman, who is seen as a hardliner, quit as defence minister.

In a live 10-minute address timed for the main evening television news broadcasts, Netanyahu drew on his military record and political clout to try to prevent early elections, listing his accomplishments in what commentators described as a pre-emptive campaign pitch.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu succeeded in keeping his tottering governing coalition together, as a hawkish rival who was denied the defense portfolio said he would give the government more time to toughen its approach against Hamas militants in Gaza. "We have another full year until elections". An unnamed senior government official told the Israeli media that he soon would appoint a foreign minister in an attempt to court allies.

In a new violation of the Israel-Hamas ceasefire deal worked out by Egyptian mediators last week, a homemade military attack drone was discovered on Monday in a southern Israeli community near the Gaza border. "The security of the nation is beyond politics, and the security of the nation is also beyond personal considerations".

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit is due to decide whether to charge the Prime Minister in several cases involving alleged influence-trading.

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"If the prime minister is serious, and I want to believe his words last night, then I say here to the prime minister: We are withdrawing all our political demands and we will stand by you in this mighty task, so that Israel starts winning again".

Yesterday, a statement from his office said Netanyahu had taken over the Defence Ministry, meeting with the army's current chief of staff, Gadi Eisenkot, and the incoming head, Aviv Kochavi. "In such a sensitive period of security, it is irresponsible to topple the Government", Netanyahu said.

Shortly before the Bennett news conference from the Knesset, Netanyahu met with the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

If Jewish Home also left the government, Netanyahu would lose his majority and early elections would likely be called. In recent days, Netanyahu has recalled how in 1992 hardliners toppled a Likud-led government, expecting to further strengthen the right's hold.

Key coalition partners had said that was unworkable even though elections are not due until November 2019, but Netanyahu has been in discussions aimed at staving off an early vote.

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