16:38 GMT18 May 2021
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    Moshe Yaalon stepped down over "the lack of trust" in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's policies.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said he resigned from office due to a lack of trust in the activities of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    "This morning I informed the Prime Minister that the recent developments in his activities, and in view of the lack of trust in them, I resigned from the government and the Knesset and taking a break from political life," Yaalon tweeted.

    He later added that he would give a media statement at 12:00 p.m. local time (09:00 GMT).

    Yaalon and Netanyahu have sparred in recent weeks over the use of deadly force on neutralized Palestinian assailants.

    On Thursday, Yaalon said that Israel's "moral compass for basic questions has been lost," in what has been described as a thinly-veiled jab at Netanyahu's right-wing policies.


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