Israel's prime minister says it would be "irresponsible" to dissolve the government and call early elections. Naftali Bennett is the right person to serve as Israel's minister of defense, to put new spirit into the system and make Israel a victor again.
While Netanyahu is known for cleverly playing the security card in the past, there's no guarantee that it will be enough to hold his crumbling coalition together this time.
"The security of the nation is beyond politics, and the security of the nation is also beyond personal concerns".
Education Minister Naftali Bennett of the far-right Jewish Home party, which holds eight seats in parliament, has demanded the defence portfolio, but Netanyahu says he will take it over at least temporarily.
Following Netanyahu's announcement, the Jewish Home party on Sunday evening said it "does not change anything" regarding its demand that Bennett is made defence chief. If he survives until the end of next year - whether by winning early elections or those due by next November - he would fulfill his dream of becoming Israel's longest-serving leader.
Following a meeting with the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Monday morning, Netanyahu issued the following statement.
His exit left Mr Netanyahu clinging to a single seat parliamentary majority.
Bennett hit back at Netanyahu's argument that Israel was in an especially complicated security situation, saying the country has always faced threats and managed to overcome them. Following the shock move, Netanyahu's partners said that the government won't be able to work effectively anymore and mulled an early election. Only 17 percent of respondents were happy with Netanyahu's Gaza policy.
The attorney general is expected to decide in the coming months whether to pursue charges against him, and some analysts believe he would be better positioned to combat them with a fresh electoral mandate. The ship called Israel sailed one a bad direction in the last decade.
"We need to do everything we can to prevent repeating these mistakes", he added.
"What's most risky to Israel is that we've begun thinking there's no solution to terror - to terrorists, to rockets, that there's nothing to do", Bennett said. We will not engage in political maneuvers that jeopardize Israel's security.
Protesters are calling to be allowed to return to the homes their families fled or were expelled from in the 1948 war surrounding the creation of Israel and which are now inside the Jewish state.
And not just any storm, the prime minister is already talking about the outcome of this mysterious security incident that is yet to come.