Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government may be on the verge of collapse, according to Israel’s Channel 10.
Bibi’s naming of Avigdor Lieberman as defense minister brings the long-simmering tensions between Israel’s military and civilian leaderships to a boil, J.J. Goldberg writes.
Following reports of his imminent replacement, Moshe Ya’alon resigned as Israel’s defense minister citing distrust in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Obama administration has remained silent regarding the political makeover of Netanyahu’s coalition government, which is set to put right-wing leader Avigdor Lieberman in charge of Israel’s defense ministry and push out Moshe Yaalon, a former military chief of staff and Likud party pragmatist, from the position he’d been holding since 2013.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Thursday he has been “surprised” of late at a “loss of moral compass on basic questions” in Israeli society, even as far right wing Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman worked to finalize an agreement that would see him replace Ya’alon as defense chief and expand the ruling coalition.
Israeli troops killed two knife-wielding Palestinian assailants in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, the army said, the latest in a months-long spate of street violence that Israel’s defense minister described as declining.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon acknowledged that disputes between Israel and the U.S. over the Iran nuclear deal are over.
Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon voiced concern on Tuesday that Washington’s supply of advanced arms to Gulf Arab states to deter Iran could eventually challenge Israel’s U.S.-backed regional military supremacy.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s reelection was deemed a sure thing just days ago. J.J. Goldberg explains why the premier’s campaign has run into a ‘perfect storm’ — and it may not recover.
Netanyahu is reported to be stalling the nomination of Israel’s next IDF chief. His reasons are a topic of hot speculation — but J.J. Goldberg says the facts speak for themselves.