Israel’s Gantz Quits War Cabinet, Calls for New Elections

Gantz informed the White House of his plans to quit several days earlier

Benny Gantz, the chair of Israel’s National Unity party, announced on Sunday that he was quitting the emergency government and war cabinet that was formed after October 7 and called for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to set a date for new elections.

Gantz said Netanyahu was preventing Israel from achieving “true victory” in Gaza. “I call on Netanyahu: Set an agreed election date. Don’t let our people be torn apart,” he said.

The National Unity party’s exit does not force elections since Netanyahu’s coalition still holds 64 out of 120 seats in the Knesset. Gantz called for others to join him, including Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, who is a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party but recently called out the prime minister over his lack of a clear long-term plan for Gaza.

Gantz’s move comes a few weeks after he threatened to quit if Netanyahu didn’t agree to a list of demands by June 8. The demands included agreeing to establish a US-European-Arab-Palestinian administration to manage civilian affairs in Gaza alongside Israeli security control, which would mean long-term Israeli military occupation.

Haaretz reported that Gantz informed the White House of his plans to quit several days ago and asked for the US’s opinion. The report said: “US officials told Gantz that while they did not intend on intervening in Israeli politics, they noted the fragile state of the hostage/cease-fire talks. His departure will only lead to added pressure from the US on Netanyahu.”

Earlier this year, Gantz visited the US and met with several high-level officials as part of a trip that was not approved by Netanyahu. The Haaretz report said that US officials have viewed Gantz as their “preferred interlocutor” in the war cabinet.

Many in the US consider Gantz to be Netanyahu’s moderate opposition. But one of Gantz’s critiques of Netanyahu is that he didn’t go into the southern Gaza city of Rafah soon enough.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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