It comes as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seeks to convey hardliner Avigdor Lieberman into the coalition, presumably as defence minister.
The deal would shore up Mr Netanyahu’s one-seat majority in parliament.
Mr Lieberman has a repute for inflammatory feedback and takes a hawkish stand in the direction of the Palestinians.
If his six-seat Yisrael Beiteinu occasion joins the coalition, it’ll turn into essentially the most right-wing in Israel’s historical past.
Asserting his resolution on Twitter, Mr Yaalon stated: “I knowledgeable the PM that after his conduct and up to date developments, and given the shortage of religion in him, I’m resigning from the federal government and parliament and taking a break from political life.”
The 2 males had publicly disagreed after Mr Yaalon backed a senior navy determine who had made controversial remarks about perceived extremist traits in Israeli society on Holocaust Day earlier this month.
Proper-wing political figures have additionally criticised Mr Yaalon for backing a call to cost an Israeli soldier who killed a wounded Palestinian attacker in March, in a case which cut up opinion in Israel.
At a information convention on Friday, Mr Yaalon stated: “I fought with all my may towards manifestations of extremism, violence and racism in Israeli society, that are threatening its sturdiness and likewise trickling into the IDF [Israel Defence Forces], hurting it already,” Haaretz newspaper stories.
If Mr Lieberman’s appointment is confirmed, it’ll mark a return to authorities for the controversial politician who stepped down in 2012 when he was investigated for breach of belief. He was charged and later acquitted.
Moldovan-born Mr Lieberman, who lives in an Israeli settlement within the occupied West Financial institution, advocates a troublesome line in the direction of coping with the Palestinians, together with the overthrow of Gaza’s Hamas rulers.
France just lately introduced it will host a global convention on three June to attempt to revive Israel-Palestinian peace talks, which collapsed amid acrimony in 2014.