/ 11 June 2024

Israel’s set for a war cabinet reshuffle

Benjamin Netanyahu
Photo by ABIR SULTAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

After months of speculation about his future in Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s war cabinet, Benny Gantz has called it quits. He’s made the decision “with a heavy heart” but put it down to being at odds with Netanyahu over how to bring the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza to an end. After giving the PM a deadline to share the plan – which Netanyahu dismissed – Gantz accused the PM of “preventing us from approaching true victory, which is the justification for the painful ongoing crisis”. Reports say it adds to growing pressure on Netanyahu, despite 4 hostages taken on 7 October being rescued on Saturday – an operation which left at least 274 Palestinians dead. Gantz is also considered a frontrunner to replace Netanyahu as PM and is pushing for an early election. It comes as the UN Security Council voted in favour of a permanent ceasefire proposal brought by the US.

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