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Jewish Home Isn't Leaving Government

Minister Ariel says his faction's criticism of the Gaza campaign was legitimate.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 8/28/2014, 8:22 PM

Uri Ariel
Uri Ariel
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Minister of Construction and Housing, Uri Ariel of the Jewish Home, estimated Thursday that his party will not leave the government anytime soon.

Regarding the differences of opinion within the Security Cabinet in the course of the war, Ariel told IDF Radio: “I do not think our criticism was illegitimate. Every minister has his opinions and his points of interest and I think that after we voiced our support for the operation, if there are opinions, they should be stated.”

"There are so many things that we still have to do, that I believe we will not leave the government,” he estimated.

Culture and Sport Minister Limor Livnat said earlier that those criticizing Netanyahu for not going far enough in fighting Hamas “would not change places with the Prime Minister, even if they had the opportunity to do so,” and estimated that "none of them will be breaking up his government any time soon."

The Security Cabinet is meeting Thursday evening for the first time since the present ceasefire was agreed. The decision to accept the ceasefire was made by Prime Minister Binymin Netanyahu without being brought to a Cabinet vote. Netanyahu informed members of the Security Cabinet about the decision through telephone calls, with several ministers expressing opposition to the move.

Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) said that it is “unthinkable” that Gaza will receive funds for reconstruction after the war without agreeing to demilitarize. He noted that the countries that donate to Gaza are to meet in September, and called for a regional conference that will include the Palestinian Authority, the Arab nations and the Gulf states, with the purpose of achieving a formula of “reconstruction for demilitarization.”

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal on Thursday rejected any attempt to disarm his Palestinian Islamist movement in Gaza as demanded by Israel.

"The weapons of the resistance are sacred and we will not accept that they be on the agenda" of future negotiations with Israel, Meshaal told a news conference in Doha where he lives in exile.