Israeli “Benny Gantz Resigns, Dealing Blow to Netanyahu’s Government After Gaza Hostage Rescues”

Jerusalem, Israel – Benny Gantz, a member of the Israeli war cabinet, dealt a blow to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government by resigning. This move comes after Netanyahu celebrated a rare successful hostage rescue operation in Gaza. In a televised statement on Sunday, Gantz cited Netanyahu’s hindrance to achieving a “real victory” in Gaza as the reason behind his departure from the government, calling it a “complex and painful” decision.

Gantz, who is considered Netanyahu’s main political rival, announced his resignation eight months after the October 7 Hamas attacks. He expressed dissatisfaction with the current situation in the country and the decision-making process. He accused Netanyahu of prioritizing personal political gains over developing a post-war strategy for Gaza, urging the prime minister to call for early elections in the coming months.

The resignation of Gantz fulfills an ultimatum he previously gave to Netanyahu to present a new plan for the conflict with Hamas by June 8. Despite Netanyahu’s pleas for Gantz to remain in the emergency government for the sake of unity, the former defense minister stood firm on his decision to step down.

Netanyahu’s government, which includes Gantz’s party, remains stable with a majority of 64 seats out of 120 in the Knesset. However, Gantz’s departure would leave the war cabinet without representation from any other political party besides Netanyahu’s Likud.

The United States has been pressuring Netanyahu to provide a concrete post-war plan for Gaza. US President Joe Biden recently proposed a peace deal for Israel, emphasizing the necessity for a resolution to the conflict that benefits all parties involved. Netanyahu rejected Gantz’s demand for early elections, insisting that such a move would be detrimental to Israel.

As the war in Gaza continues with unresolved objectives and escalating international pressure, Gantz’s decision to resign reflects the deepening political divide within the Israeli government. The future of the conflict and the prospects for peace remain uncertain as tensions persist between key political figures in Israel.