Netanyahu meets with coalition partner to stop government collapse

Israel’s prime minister says going to the polls would be ‘irresponsible’

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has said he will take on the defence minister portfolio, rejecting calls to dissolve his government even as early elections appeared increasingly likely.

Netanyahu said heading to elections now, amid repeated violent confrontations with Gaza militants, was “irresponsible” of his coalition partners, who have been pushing for early polls since the resignation last week of the defence minister, Avigdor Lieberman, over a Gaza ceasefire.

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Source: theguardian