Netanyahu Dissolves War Cabinet Following Benny Gantz’s Resignation

In a significant move, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dissolved the country’s six-member war cabinet following the resignation of centrist former General Benny Gantz. This decision was anticipated, especially after Netanyahu faced pressure from nationalist religious partners in his coalition to include them in the war cabinet, a situation that could have heightened tensions with international allies, including the United States. The dissolution is seen as a maneuver to sideline far-right ministers and streamline decision-making processes within the government, particularly regarding security matters.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dissolved the country’s war cabinet, a move that came after Benny Gantz’s departure from the government.
  • The dissolution was partly in response to demands from nationalist religious coalition partners for inclusion in the war cabinet, which could have strained international relations, notably with the U.S.
  • The decision aims to sideline far-right ministers, including National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, who had threatened to resign and potentially collapse the government if not included in the war cabinet.
  • Netanyahu plans to revert to previous decision-making methods, consulting close advisers and military leaders, thus exercising more control over security decisions and messaging.
  • The move is expected to be met with relief by international partners, such as the United States, due to the sidelining of far-right elements within the Israeli government.
  • Despite the potential for backlash from the nationalist members who have been excluded, their limited options for leaving the government suggest that while they may publicly criticize the decision, they are unlikely to withdraw their support entirely.

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