Israel Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon Quits, Says Can't Trust PM Netanyahu

May 20, 2016 5:37 PM

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JERUSALEM — Israel's defense minister announced his resignation on Friday, saying the governing party had been taken over by "extremist and dangerous elements" and that he no longer trusted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following reports that he was to be replaced.

Moshe Yaalon's departure removes a strong voice of moderation in the Cabinet and deepens the rift between the security establishment and the hardline politicians.

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