Palestine Tensions: Palestinians hold weekly protest at Gaza border

Hanegbi and Netanyahu

Hanegbi and Netanyahu

The party stopped short of pulling out of the government, which would have triggered an immediate collapse, but there seemed to be little prospect of holding the fractious coalition together.

The premier spoke by phone with the rest of his coalition partners, urging them to "make every effort not to bring down the right-wing government" and to prevent the left from getting into power, the spokesman said.

The deadlock was revealed by Israel's Channel 10 news, which reported that Netanyahu told ministers that Bennett's ultimatum was "the main stumbling block to keeping the coalition together". The Education Minister had called for Israel to "start winning again", expressing frustration at Netayahu's compliance with an Egypt-brokered ceasefire with the Gaza Strip.

He slammed the Israeli government for agreeing to effectively "give immunity" to Gaza's ruling Hamas terrorist organization by agreeing to a ceasefire barely a day after the group fired more than 460 rockets, mortar shells and missiles at southern Israeli civilians.

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The fisherman's killing calls into question the fragile ceasefire that began in Gaza overnight.

Netanyahu - flanked by Kahlon, Interior Minister Arie Deri and army top brass - met with the leaders of Israeli border communities Thursday and discussed a 500 million shekel ($139 million, 119 million euro) two-year package to improve emergency medical and social services, a government statement said. Bennett's decision to withdraw the Jewish Home party would take away eight seats away from the prime minister's coalition, thus making elections inevitable.

The political turbulence comes as Netanyahu faces criminal investigations that have hit him and his inner circle. Netanyahu has repeatedly proclaimed his innocence, often employing the phrase "There will be nothing because there is nothing".

The source close to Bennett told Reuters that an early election date will be decided on Sunday. Polls have repeatedly projected that Netanyahu's Likud party would increase its number of seats if early elections are held. Reports Friday indicate that early elections are likely in Israel as a result of the thinning majority.

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