Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has resigned from the government this afternoon. "We have reached the moment of truth," he told the Cabinet. "There is a way of reaching peace and security, but unilateral withdrawal—under terrorist fire—is not the way to do this. Withdrawing from Gaza will turn that area into a terror base that will endanger the country."
Following his announcement, the Cabinet voted on the first phase of the withdrawal. In a 17-5 vote, they approved the destruction of Kfar Darom, Netzarim and Morag—the first communities to be leveled under the government’s plan. In addition to Netanyahu, the other four ministers voting against the plan were Livnat, Katz, Naveh and HaNegbi.