Lieberman's resignation announcement and that his political party, Yisrael Beiteinu, was leaving Israel's ruling coalition due to the ceasefire agreement, also caused a political crisis for Netanyahu's coalition government, forcing Israeli ministers, including Lieberman, to call for early elections.
Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, leader of center-right Kulanu party and a major coalition partner, told Netanyahu that snap elections should be called as soon as possible in order to keep the economy on track.
Sinwar said that he has sent a message to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and "his new defense minister" that "Gaza only prepares death for you and the rockets of resistance have become more in terms of numbers, accurate and destructive".
Pressures were mounting on Netanyahu to call for early elections amid turmoil sparked by Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman's resignation following an agreed ceasefire with Gaza.
Netanyahu's Likud party sent out a statement on Friday following the meeting with Bennett, saying the prime minister "trusts the ministers not to topple a right-wing government and not to repeat the historic mistake of '92, when they toppled a right-wing government, put the left in power and brought the Oslo disaster on the state of Israel".
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The Gaza ceasefire, which ended the worst flare-up between Israel and the territory's Islamist rulers Hamas since a 2014 war, faced its first major test on Friday, the day of the week when Palestinian border protests have typically peaked.
He said Netanyahu's Gaza policy is strengthening Hamas. Bennett's decision to withdraw the Jewish Home party would take away eight seats away from the prime minister's coalition, thus making elections inevitable.
Government figures would agree on a date on Sunday, the source added.
The sudden vacancy allowed Bennett, leader of the right-wing Jewish Home party, to demand the defense portfolio, promising to quit the government if he didn't get it. Elections are formally set for November 2019, but it is now expected they will be held between March and May, with Netanyahu pushing for a later date and other parties seeking an earlier one.
"There's no obligation to go to an election in this time of security sensitivity", the official said on condition of anonymity.