Citing Gaza, Liberman disbands Likud-Yisrael Beytenu

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman announces the breakup of the joint Knesset list his party Yisrael Beytenu shared with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party.

Liberman says that recently, longstanding differences between him and Netanyahu have become “essential, and no longer enable cooperation.”

The minister hints that Israel’s moderate response to the recent spate of Gaza rockets and Israeli Arab rioting is connected to his decision to dissolve the partnership.

He notes that he has called for a harsh military campaign against Hamas in Gaza. “I’ve explained my position several times and I think I’ve been very precise,” he says.

As for the recent demonstrations by Israeli Arabs, Liberman says: “You can’t eat the cake and have it — enjoy all the advantages of democratic life but also demonstrate with photos of (Hezbollah leader Hassan) Nasrallah and Hamas and Hezbollah flags.”

“In order to stop this wave of incitement that comes from the top down, we must act decisively, without hesitation,” he says.

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