Israeli PM fires two top ministers

Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni Tuesday evening, according to a statement from the prime minister's office.

"In the last couple of weeks, ministers Lapid and Livni strongly attacked the government under my leadership. I will not tolerate an opposition within the government and its policy," Xinhua quoted Netanyahu as saying.

Israeli PM fires two top ministers
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

In addition, the prime minister "will call for the dispersal of the Knesset (parliament) as soon as possible in order to go to the people and get a clear mandate to lead Israel," the statement read.

Following a meeting which took place Monday night between Netanyahu and Lapid which sources defined as "harsh", members of Likud party and Yesh Atid party said they would vote in favour of a bill to disperse the Knesset and hold new elections within three months, two years after the previous elections were held.

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