Gabbay is a non-parliamentary minister and was the only minister who publicly expressed his objection to the natural gas outline. Lieberman’s appointment, he said, will “further polarize our society.”

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Environmental Protection Minister Avi Gabbay announced on Friday his decision to resign from his post over the coalition deal with Yisrael Beiteinu and the appointment of its chairman MK Avigdor Lieberman as Defense Minister.

In his announcement, Gabbay, who serves as a non-parliamentary minister, elaborated on the reasons for his decision. “Despite the great importance of this ministry and the significant actions we promote in it, for decreasing air pollution alongside many other purposes,” he said, “the recent political developments and the reappointment in the Defense Ministry are a very drastic move, in my view, which ignores what’s important to the nation’s security and will further polarize our society.”

Gabbay also wished to thank his party chairman, Moshe Kahlon. “Thank you for your support and assistance, I have no doubt that Kulanu will continue to make its mark and fulfil the goals we set in its establishment.”

Zionist Union MK Shelly Yachimovich tweeted that Gabbay’s decision was “sad and troubling. He is an excellent man, intelligent, logical, honest and moral. He was the only one who dared object to the natural gas deal. It is our loss.”