Benny Gantz, a member of Israel’s war cabinet, steps down from Netanyahu’s government.

by Abbas Adil

Shafaqna India: Israeli Minister Benny Gantz declared his resignation from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s emergency government on Sunday, marking the departure of the sole centrist influence within the embattled leader’s predominantly right-wing coalition amidst the ongoing Gaza conflict.

Netanyahu issued a brief statement urging Gantz not to “abandon the front,” yet Gantz’s exit does not pose a threat to the coalition’s parliamentary majority of 64 seats out of 120 in the Knesset, held by the ruling right-wing alliance.

Expressing his reasoning in a televised address, Gantz stated, “Netanyahu is hindering our path to achieving genuine victory. Therefore, with a heavy heart but firm resolve, we are stepping down from the emergency government today.”

Gantz’s resignation was anticipated following his ultimatum to the conservative prime minister, setting a deadline of June 8 to outline a clear post-conflict strategy for Gaza, where Israel has been conducting a significant military campaign against Hamas.

With Gantz’s departure, Netanyahu loses support from a centrist faction that has helped bolster the government’s credibility domestically and internationally during the eight-month Gaza conflict, amid mounting diplomatic and internal pressures.

Originally scheduled for Saturday, Gantz postponed his resignation announcement following the dramatic rescue of four Israeli hostages by Israeli forces.

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