Israel's Netanyahu makes 'last effort' to save government

Elias Hubbard
November 19, 2018

"I advise Israel not to try and test us again", Sinwar, said. Speaking at a ceremony honoring the seven gunmen killed during a firefight on Sunday with Israeli undercover special forces, Sinwar pulled out a handgun with a silencer which he said belonged to one of the special forces troops. "The first barrage to hit Tel Aviv will surprise Israel", he warned.

"We need to do whatever we can to avoid such mistakes", he said. "Our missiles are more precise, have a greater range and carry more explosives than in the past", said Sinwar, adding, "Our hands are on the trigger and our eyes are open". The Israeli Iron Dome missile defence system is believed to have intercepted about a quarter of them.

Two more Palestinians were killed in Israeli strikes Tuesday morning, one targeting a militant who was part of a group launching projectiles at its territory and another seen attempting to breach the security fence.

The Israeli government decision to accept the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, prompted its minister for military affairs Avigdor Lieberman to resign.

A meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon on Sunday aimed at resolving a coalition crisis ended "without results" and they will meet again this week, Kahlon's spokesman said.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett of the far-right Jewish Home party, which holds eight seats in parliament, has demanded the defence portfolio, but Netanyahu says he will take it over at least temporarily. The violence has left almost 200 Palestinians dead and thousands injured. Rocket, mortar and arson balloon attacks on Israel have led to several civilian casualties and extensive property damage in southern Israel.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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