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Israeli Official Benny Gantz Resigns Amid Gaza Crisis

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Israeli Official Benny Gantz Resigns Amid Gaza Crisis

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, a prominent figure in the country’s three-man war cabinet, has tendered his resignation on Sunday, citing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s alleged mishandling of the Gaza conflict and prioritization of political survival over national security.

Despite Gantz’s departure, Netanyahu remains firmly in control of a majority coalition in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, but his reliance on far-right allies now becomes more pronounced.

Gantz, a former military chief who has been an integral part of Netanyahu’s government since the onset of the recent hostilities in Gaza, emphasized the need for a strategic shift in addressing ongoing and future challenges, criticizing Netanyahu for what he described as hollow promises and hindrance to achieving true victory.

The situation escalated following a dramatic mission that saw the rescue of four Israeli hostages from Gaza, amid the highest death toll recorded in Gaza with at least 274 Palestinians, including children, reported killed.

Calling for fresh elections in the fall, Gantz urged Defence Minister Yoav Gallant, the third member of the war cabinet, to follow suit and step down from the government in light of the prevailing circumstances.

Netanyahu, however, implored Gantz to stay within the wartime government, emphasizing the importance of unity during such critical times and expressing concerns over potential division.

Political analysts view Gantz’s resignation as symbolic, driven by frustration with Netanyahu’s leadership, which could further solidify the Prime Minister’s reliance on right-wing figures such as National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich.

The international community, particularly the United States, has been closely monitoring the developments, with Gantz’s departure potentially impacting Israel’s global image and relationships with key allies.

The ongoing Gaza crisis, which stemmed from an attack by Hamas on October 7, continues to pose significant challenges, with casualties on both sides and the looming threat of prolonged conflict.

Rachel Adams

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