Palestinians to hold protest along Israel-Gaza border days after ceasefire

Hugh Fox
November 18, 2018

An Israeli military officer who was seriously wounded in last Sunday's blown special forces mission inside the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip was released from Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba on Friday.

Local sources said an Egyptian intelligence delegation arrived in Gaza to verify that demonstrations stayed under control and didn't lead to further violence with Israel. Instead, Netanyahu himself will serve as acting defense minister for the time being, in addition to his duties as prime minister and acting foreign minister.

In addition to the Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, announcing his resignation from the post, in protest against the ceasefire agreement of the Israeli Cabinet with the Palestinian factions in Gaza.

And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing coalition government has been rocked by Avigdor Lieberman's resignation on Wednesday in protest at the ceasefire.

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"They will set a date for elections when they meet with the [other] coalition partners Sunday", the source said.

Israel used air support to withdraw its soldiers and seven Palestinians, including a Hamas commander, as well as one Israeli soldier were killed in the exchange.

Israel was quick to accept a truce after a botched Israeli operation in Gaza was met with a strong reaction from the Palestinian resistance in Gaza, killing an Israeli special operations officer and firing a record number of almost 500 rockets into Israel in a single day.

"It is unacceptable that after 500 rockets are fired at southern Israel [earlier this week], the Israeli government is providing immunity to Hamas leaders", Lieberman said in reference to this week's truce.

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Tourism Minister Yariv Levin echoed Hanegbi's analysis, explaining that: "All the coalition partners will have to make a decision early this week if they want to move ahead of the elections", Arutz Sheva reported.

Earlier this week, Hamas and Israel fought a cross-border battle of rocket attacks and airstrikes, triggered by a botched Israeli undercover raid in Gaza on November 11. Reports Friday indicate that early elections are likely in Israel as a result of the thinning majority.

Israeli tank and soldiers take positions on the Israel Gaza border, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.

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