Israel’s Netanyahu Forms New War Cabinet Amid Political Turmoil

by Ohepo Ohepo

Date: June 16, 2024
Location: Israel

In a significant move to address the strategic void left by the departure of Benny Gantz, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced the formation of a new war cabinet. This decision comes in response to the departure of Gantz, the former defense minister and leader of a more moderate faction, from the emergency government, as reported by Al Jazeera.

Political-Security Cabinet Meeting: During a political-security cabinet meeting, Netanyahu revealed his decision to establish the new war cabinet. This move was strongly advocated by his far-right coalition allies, aiming to solidify leadership amid ongoing conflict.

Pressure from Coalition Allies: Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich and National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir, both representatives of the nationalist-religious camp within the government, have been vocal in their demands for a war cabinet composed of coalition party leaders. Their push underscores the internal political dynamics influencing Netanyahu’s decision.

Gantz’s Resignation and Aftermath: Benny Gantz resigned from the emergency government on Sunday, June 9, citing fundamental strategic differences and accusing Netanyahu of preventing a decisive victory in the ongoing war against Hamas. His resignation, amid the intense conflict with the Palestinian militant group, drew a sharp rebuke from Netanyahu.

Netanyahu’s Response: Reacting to Gantz’s resignation, Netanyahu emphasized the critical nature of the current conflict. In a post on X (formerly Twitter), he urged for unity, stating, “Israel is in an existential war on several fronts. My son, this is not the time to abandon the campaign – this is the time to join forces.” He further reaffirmed his commitment to achieving the war’s goals, including the release of hostages and the elimination of Hamas.

Call for Unity: Netanyahu’s post, written in Hebrew, highlighted the mourning of the late Hero of Israel Arnon Zamora and called for the country to continue its efforts until victory. He extended an invitation to any Zionist party willing to support the war efforts and ensure the safety of Israeli citizens.

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