Foreign minister ends alliance with Netanyahu

Israel’s foreign minister on Monday said he was ending a political alliance with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, adding a new element of instability to an already fractious governing coalition.

Avigdor Lieberman, leader of the ultranationalist Yisrael Beitenu party, told a news conference that he and Netanyahu have significant differences on many key issues and it no longer made sense to maintain the alliance between their parties. However, he said his party would remain in the coalition, leaving him in place as foreign minister.

‘It’s no secret that differences of opinion lately between me and the prime minister have become substantial and don’t permit continuing a joint partnership,’ he said. He said the differences were clear even before elections last year and have only worsened.
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