Netanyahu announces investment in areas near Gaza after criticism

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"He trusts the ministers' sense of responsibility to keep them from making the historic error of bringing down a right-wing government", it said.

Israel's outgoing defense minister says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to accept an informal truce with Gaza's Hamas rulers amounts to "utter capitulation to terrorism".

At least 15 Palestinians and one Israeli soldier have been killed since a botched Israeli operation inside Gaza Strip on 10 November, followed by the fiercest rocket salvoes and air strikes between Palestinian armed factions and Israel since the 2014 war.

According to the Palestinian health ministry, 40 people were injured and no fatalities were reported as thousands marched near the border fence with Israel.

The truce brokered by Egypt, with support from the United Nations, to contain the violence prompted the resignation of Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who demanded a large-scale operation in Gaza against the Islamist movement Hamas, which controls the strip.

"It's impossible that after Hamas launches 500 rockets at the Israeli border communities. the heads of Hamas are actually getting immunity from the Israeli cabinet", he told reporters.

However, a survey conducted by Hadashot TV on Wednesday night revealed that Netanyahu's Likud party would win by a landslide if elections were to be held now.

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"On Sunday, the date of the elections will be coordinated between the heads of the coalition parties".

A source from Jewish Home party said that Netanyahu informed Bennett that Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon would leave the coalition if Bennett was appointed defense minister.

On Thursday, leaders of some of the key coalition partners said Netanyahu should dissolve the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, and call for early elections.

"There is a solution".

There were no official details of when or where Bennett would meet Netanyahu on Friday or what public statements if any would be made. The raid led to two days of intense cross-border fighting.

Police have recommended he be charged in two separate corruption cases and the attorney general is expected to announce in the coming months whether to put him on trial.

But he would not have chosen to go the polls with voters' attention focused on the Gaza ceasefire and his rivals' efforts to outbid his security credentials.

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