Israel's deputy defence minister fired over criticism of Gaza attack

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Israel's deputy defence minister fired over criticism of Gaza attack
Israel, July 17: Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday fired Deputy Defence Minister Danny Danon for slamming the Israeli government's war on Gaza.

Danon accused the cabinet for making "weak actions" against Hamas in Gaza.

In an interview with Israel's Channel 2, Danon said he was surprised by the news of his dismissal. He said he first heard "rumours" of his dismissal via the media early in the morning. By evening, the prime minister said to him simply, "You're fired," Danon said during the interview, adding, "I won't accept the weak, leftist spirit of the prime minister."

Netanyahu responds

"While Israel is in the midst of a military operation against terrorist organizations and working determinedly to maintain the security of Israeli citizens, the deputy defence minister cannot sharply attack the leaders of the state," Netanyahu said. "His harsh statements, which Hamas used against Israel, prove his irresponsibility."

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