Half of cabinet ministers oppose truce

Half of the ministers in the security cabinet are still opposed to the Egyptian framework for a ceasefire, even as an open-ended truce in the Gaza Strip takes effect, Channel 2 reports.

According to the report, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, and Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch say they are opposed to the Egyptian framework, with Communications Minister Gilad Erdan also voicing reservations.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly approved the proposal without putting it to a vote in the cabinet, as the move does not legally require the ministers’ approval.

Earlier, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said the ceasefire must not expire as soon as Hamas re-arms. “Hamas can’t be given any concessions or political achievements. Everyone has to realize that Hamas has not achieved anything,” Livni said.

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