Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman says he is resigning in protest over the cease-fire reached with Gaza militants.
Lieberman's resignation Wednesday significantly weakens Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling coalition government and could bring about an early election.
Lieberman says the cease-fire reached with Gaza's Hamas rulers was a ``surrender to terrorism.''
Lieberman has demanded a far stronger Israeli response to the most intense round of rocket fire against Israel since a 50-day offensive on Gaza in 2014.
He says he also fiercely objected to Israel's allowing Qatar to deliver $15 million in aid to Gaza last week.
Lieberman's resignation will go into effect in 48 hours. Netanyahu will take over on an interim basis.