Updated May 18th, 2024 at 23:41 IST

Benny Gantz Threatens to Quit Israel's War Cabinet Unless a New Gaza Conflict Plan is Adopted

Gantz, a centrist politician, has threatened to quit Israel's war cabinet next month unless his new six-point plan for the Gaza conflict is adopted.

Benny Gantz's potential departure will leave Benjamin Netanyahu even more beholden to his far-right coalition allies. | Image:AP
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Deir Al-Balah: Benny Gantz, a member of Israel’s three-man War Cabinet, has threatened to resign from the government if it doesn't adopt a new plan for the war in Gaza, a move that would leave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu more reliant on his far-right allies.

His announcement on Saturday escalates a divide within Israel’s leadership more than seven months into a war in which it has yet to accomplish its stated goals of dismantling Hamas and returning scores of hostages abducted in the October 7 attack.

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Gantz spelled out a six-point plan that includes the return of scores of hostages, ending Hamas' rule, demilitarising the strip and establishing an international administration of civilian affairs. It also supports efforts to normalise relations with Saudi Arabia.

He says if it is not adopted by June 8 he will quit the government.

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Gantz, a centrist politician and longtime political rival of Netanyahu, joined his coalition and the War Cabinet in the early days of the war.

His departure would leave Netanyahu even more beholden to far-right allies who have taken a hard line on negotiations over a cease-fire and hostage release, and who believe Israel should occupy Gaza and rebuild Jewish settlements there.

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Published May 18th, 2024 at 23:41 IST