Israel defense minister quits, warns of “extremist” takeover

May 20, 2016 11:23 AM

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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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