Middle East

Israeli defense minister announces resignation

  • FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2015 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, speaks with Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon during a ceremony for new Israeli Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem. Yaalon announced his resignation Friday, May 20, 2016, citing a lack of 'trust' in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Reports over the past few days indicate that Netanyahu intends to appoint former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman to the post.  (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2015 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, speaks with Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon during a ceremony for new Israeli Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem. Yaalon announced his resignation Friday, May 20, 2016, citing a lack of 'trust' in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Reports over the past few days indicate that Netanyahu intends to appoint former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman to the post. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -- In this Nov. 16, 2014 file photo, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon arrives to the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Jerusalem office. Yaalon announced his resignation Friday, May 20, 2016, citing a lack of 'trust' in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Reports over the past few days indicate that Netanyahu intends to appoint former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman to the post. (AP Photo/Gali Tibbon, Pool, File)

    FILE -- In this Nov. 16, 2014 file photo, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon arrives to the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Jerusalem office. Yaalon announced his resignation Friday, May 20, 2016, citing a lack of 'trust' in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Reports over the past few days indicate that Netanyahu intends to appoint former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman to the post. (AP Photo/Gali Tibbon, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, speaks during a press conference at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel,Friday, May 20, 2016. Israel's defense minister announced his resignation on Friday, citing a lack of "trust" in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after reports in recent days that he is soon to be replaced. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

    Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, speaks during a press conference at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel,Friday, May 20, 2016. Israel's defense minister announced his resignation on Friday, citing a lack of "trust" in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after reports in recent days that he is soon to be replaced. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)  (The Associated Press)

Israel's defense minister has announced his resignation, citing a lack of 'trust' in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Moshe Yaalon posted on Facebook that he told Netanyahu Friday that "following his conduct in recent developments and in light of the lack of trust in him, I am resigning from the government and the Knesset (Israel's parliament) and taking a time out from political life."

Reports over the past few days indicate that Netanyahu intends to appoint former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman to the post.

Lieberman, 57, is one of the country's most polarizing politicians. Over three decades, he has at times been Netanyahu's closest ally and other times a fierce rival. This week, Netanyahu invited Lieberman's party Yisrael Beitenu to join his narrow coalition.