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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will retain the defense portfolio in a televised address on Sunday.
"There is no place for politics and personal matters in matters of national security," he added.Former defense minister Avigdor Liberman resigned last resigned Wednesday over Egyptian/UN-brokered ceasefire with Hamas in Gaza.
Netanyahu refused to give the defense minister portfolio to Minister of Education Naftali Bennett as well as Bayit Yehudi MK Eli Ben-Dahan, the former deputy defense minister.
Coalition partners threatened to trigger an early election over the weekend, and Netanyahu has been working on trying to prevent that from happening.
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