Netanyahu Dissolves War Cabinet Amid Gaza Conflict


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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced the end of Israel’s six-member war cabinet. This decision was made during a meeting of the political security cabinet on Sunday evening.


Netanyahu’s far-right coalition partners have been advocating for a new war cabinet since Benny Gantz, a more centrist figure, left the emergency government.

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich and National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir insisted on continuing the Gaza war despite calls for restraint from allies like the United States.

They wanted a new war cabinet featuring coalition party leaders, but Netanyahu rejected this idea.

Netanyahu explained that the war cabinet was part of the agreement with Gantz. “As soon as Gantz left – there is no need for a cabinet any more,” he said, according to The Jerusalem Post.

Now, Netanyahu is expected to consult about the Gaza war with a small group of ministers, including Defence Minister Yoav Gallant and Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer, who were part of the war cabinet.


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Gantz’s resignation removed the only centrist influence in Netanyahu’s far-right coalition during the ongoing war on Gaza.

Gantz has called for an election, accusing Netanyahu of failing to present a post-war plan for Gaza. Ben-Gvir also wrote to Netanyahu, urging for an expanded war cabinet, criticizing the secretive nature of the war’s conduct over the past eight months.

On Sunday, Netanyahu stated that to eliminate Hamas’s capabilities, he made decisions that were not always accepted by the military. The war cabinet included Netanyahu, Gantz, Gallant, Dermer, Gadi Eizenkot, and Aryeh Deri.

Netanyahu might continue private consultations with Gallant, Dermer, and Deri, though this would not have legal weight and would exclude Ben-Gvir and Smotrich from key security discussions.


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