Benny Gantz quits gov't

Published date09 June 2024
AuthorGlobes correspondent
Publication titleGlobes (Rishon LeZion, Israel)
Gantz presented Netanyahu with an ultimatum three weeks ago to change direction, after feeling that he and his party's influence over the conduct of the war has been dwindling. Since October, Gantz and Gadi Eisenkot have served along with Netanyahu, Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant and Minister of Strategic Affairs Ron Dermer in a five-man war cabinet

In this evening's press conference Gantz said that Netanyahu was preventing a genuine victory, which could only be achieved through a combination of military, political and diplomatic means. He said that a genuine victory included toppling and replacing Hamas, releasing the hostages, restoring peace to the north and forming a regional alliance against Iran.

He urged Netanyahu to agree to Knesset elections in the fall and he pledged to set up a State Commission of Enquiry into the failures of October 7.

Gantz said, "Honestly, entering the government was a simple decision. Leaving, when we the hostages remain in the Hamas tunnels, when the residents of the north are far from their homes, and thousands of fighters are on the front, is a complex and agonizing decision. Both decisions have one common denominator - the good of the State of Israel. We tried to influence the direction of the ship. The truth is the reality is not simple. I will not promise you an easy and quick victory. But the State of Israel needs and can achieve a real victory."

He added, "A genuine victory puts the return of the hostages above survival in power. A genuine victory combines military success with a political and diplomatic...

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