Israel, Hamas agree to ceasefire, Israeli ministers dispute decision
Israel with Hamas agreed to a ceasefire on Tuesday evening thanks to mediation efforts by Egypt and the United Nations after two days of fighting that saw over 400 rockets being fired from Gaza at Israel and heavy IDF bombardments in the strip in retaliation.
The ceasefire was approved by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu despite opposition from some members of his Security Cabinet.
The Cabinet met for seven hours on Tuesday morning to discuss the latest flare-up of hostilities in the Gaza Strip. At the end of the meeting, the prime minister decided—without a vote—to adopt the defense establishment’s recommendation to agree to a truce.
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Israel Defence Minister Lieberman resigns
November 14, 2018
In shock move, Avigdor Lieberman has resigned from his position as Israel’s defence minister following a disagreement over the recently-signed ceasefire with Gaza.
Speaking at a press conference in Israel today, Lieberman began by saying that “I assume everyone has tried to guess and I think you guessed correctly – I am indeed here in order to resign from my position as defence minister”.
Lieberman explained: “Why now? – From my perspective, what happened yesterday in terms of the ceasefire, in combination with the arrangements with Hamas, is submission to terror. What we are in effect doing is buying short term quiet [in Gaza] and the price will be difficult for [Israel’s] security in the long term.”
What was the IDF doing in Gaza and is a new war brewing?
By Yaakov Katz
November 12, 2018
An IDF operation deep inside the Gaza Strip, no matter how covert, carries with it tremendous risk. What exactly happened late Sunday night in southern Gaza is still shrouded in mystery, but from the little detail that the IDF has permitted for publication, it seems that something in the Israeli operation went wrong.
In the days to come, Israel will face a number of challenges. One of the first will be explaining to the world why it sent troops into the Gaza Strip in the first place, especially with a cease-fire seemingly in place with the help of Qatar, which Israel permitted last week to transfer $15 million to Hamas.
Israel Defense Minister Resigns, Acknowledges “Defeat” in Gaza
November 14, 2018
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced his resignation on Wednesday and urged early elections, calling the ceasefire in Gaza a “defeat”.
“What happened yesterday — the truce combined with the process with Hamas — is a defeat, is capitulating to terror. It has no other meaning,” Lieberman told journalists in explaining his reasons for resigning.
“The political authority has failed to confront the Palestinians,” Lieberman said, calling for “more serious government.”
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MBS Reportedly Tried to Persuade Netanyahu to Go to War in Gaza
November 14, 2018
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attempted to persuade Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to start a conflict with Hamas in Gaza as part of a plan to divert attention from the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, sources inside Saudi Arabia have told Middle East Eye.
A war in Gaza was among a range of measures and scenarios proposed by an emergency task force set up to counter increasingly damaging leaks about Khashoggi’s murder coming from Turkish authorities, according to sources with knowledge of the group’s activities.
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