Bennett threatened to bolt the government if he wasn't named defense minister, a post Netanyahu said Sunday he was taking over himself.
Nobel Prize-winning advice: Bennett said that as he was contemplating whether to resign, he got a call Sunday night from his friend Robert Aumann, victor of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in game theory analysis.
In a histrionic prime-time address from Israeli military headquarters in Tel Aviv late Sunday, Netanyahu described early elections as "unnecessary" and "irresponsible", drawing direct parallels to previous coalition crises in 1992 and 1999, when a government led by his Likud party was brought down from within.
"This study indicates that politicians know they won't have to pay a price in the established media for their inaccuracies", Tehilla Schwartz-Altschuler, head of the Democracy in the Information Age program at the Israel Democracy Institute, said. We have a year left until elections. "The ball is in the prime minister's court".
Lieberman announced his resignation in a press conference last Wednesday, citing sharp disagreement over an agreed cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist Palestinian movement that runs the Gaza Strip.
"Security has precedence over politics", he concluded.
"If the prime minister is serious, and I want to believe his words last night, then I say here to the prime minister: We are withdrawing all our political demands and we will stand by you in this mighty task, so that Israel starts winning again".
Couple, homeless man charged in charitable scam
McClure and her boyfriend Mark D'Amico then set up a GoFundMe page to help Bobbitt, raising almost $400,000 from well-wishers. Coffina added the trio may have gotten away with the scheme had the dispute between Bobbitt and the couple not become public.
Referring to the slim majority of the government (61 lawmakers out of the Knesset's 120), he added: "We will nevertheless have to be extremely disciplined within the coalition".
"What's most risky to Israel is that we've begun thinking there's no solution to terror - to terrorists, to rockets, that there's nothing to do", Bennett said.
Bennett was joined by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, the No. 2 in Jewish Home.
"I told them do not bring down the government, especially at such a sensitive time from a security perspective", Netanyahu said.
"Whether our partners decide to topple the government or not, we will continue to take actions to ensure the security of our state and of our people", he said. Elections are called early if a government ruling coalition falls apart, usually over a crisis, such as the recent Gaza flare-up. It is still unclear whether the Government will survive even the next few days, let alone finish its term a year from now.
Elections now are slated for November 2019, but no Israeli coalition in the past 30 years has served out its term.