Netanyahu Disbands Israeli War Cabinet


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dissolved the country’s war cabinet amid escalating political tensions and strategic disagreements. The decision followed the resignation of Benny Gantz, who left the war cabinet over frustrations with Netanyahu’s handling of the Gaza conflict. Gantz criticized Netanyahu for failing to provide a clear plan for ending the war and prioritizing his political survival over national interests.

The war cabinet, established after the October 7 Hamas attacks, was meant to unify Israel’s leadership during the crisis. However, Gantz’s resignation has highlighted deep divisions within the government. He accused Netanyahu of procrastination and indecision, which he claimed hindered Israel’s ability to achieve a decisive victory in Gaza. Gantz’s departure has raised calls for early elections to form a government that can better manage the ongoing crisis.

Netanyahu’s coalition, despite the dissolution of the war cabinet, still holds a majority in the Knesset. However, the move has left the government without key opposition voices, potentially destabilizing Netanyahu’s leadership. Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, another war cabinet member, also expressed concerns, suggesting internal disagreements on handling the conflict and the broader strategic goals.

Netanyahu has called for unity, urging Gantz to reconsider his recent resignation, emphasizing the critical nature of working together to fight the current conflict. However, Gantz, along with other resigning members, has called for a more strategic and transparent approach to resolving the crisis, including the release of the over 100 hostages held by Hamas.

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