Israeli defence minister resigns in protest

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Israeli defence minister resigns in protest

JERUSALEM - Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has announced his resignation in protest to yesterday's Gaza ceasefire, calling it a capitulation to terror.

In a statement in Jerusalem, Avigdor Lieberman said his resignation also withdraws his far-right Israel Beitenu party from the coalition that would leave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with control of just 61 of the 120 seats in parliament a year before Israel’s next election.

Meanwhile, the UN Security Council has failed to agree on any action on fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

Kuwait and Bolivia had moved a resollution calling for closed Security Council consultations on the issue.

Kuwaiti Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi told reporters after the closed consultations that we were not able to find a solution to the situation in Gaza because of divisions in the most powerful U.N. body.