/ 18 June 2024

Israeli infighting continues

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

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has dissolved his war cabinet, and decisions about Israel’s military operation in Gaza will now be made by a smaller group of ministers, reports say. The move comes just over a week after the resignation of centrist opposition leader Benny Gantz over Netanyahu’s lack of a post-war plan. It also comes a day after insiders say the Israeli PM criticised a decision by the Israeli Defence Forces – that he hadn’t signed off on – to pause fighting along a major road for 11 hours daily to allow aid to pass through. An unnamed official said that when Netanyahu heard about the order, he “made it clear that this was unacceptable”. Israel’s National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir wasn’t happy either, saying the “fool” who made the decision should lose their job. So if you’re wondering whether a broader ceasefire is on the way, the IDF says no – its offensive in Rafah continues.

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