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Did Danny Danon Go Too Far?

Did Danny Danon Go Too Far?

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(JTA) — Apparently, Danny Danon went too far.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired Danon, a hawkish Likudnik who had been deputy defense minister, from his post after Danon slammed the Israeli Cabinet decision to endorse a proposed cease-fire with Hamas.

Danon had called the decision a “slap in the face to all the residents of Israel.”

Netanyahu issued this statement about Danon’s firing:

There are two ways to interpret Danon’s dismissal (he remains a Knesset member from Likud, Netanyahu’s party). One is that Netanyahu had had enough of Danon’s right-wing agitation, considered him out of line with the values of the Israeli Cabinet and wanted to enforce the rule of maintaining unity during wartime.

The other is that Netanyahu views Danon as a threat on his right flank, and took advantage of this opportunity to oust him from the Cabinet.

An unapologetic nationalist, Danon’s political ascent has been rapid. (Read my 2012 profile on Danon.) He is opposed to Palestinian statehood, wants to annex as much of the West Bank as possible and wants the remaining Palestinians to become part of Jordan. Those ideas have strong currency among the Likud rank-and-file.

After his firing, Danon issued a statement slamming Netanyahu:

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Uriel Heilman

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