Amidst the war in Gaza, the potential resignation of a key minister threatens the stability of the Israeli government

In a significant development, War Cabinet Minister Benny Gantz has called for the press on Saturday and is expected to announce his withdrawal from the coalition government. The move comes after a series of disagreements with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his handling of the offensive in the Gaza Strip, which will turn eight months old this Friday.

Gantz, who holds a position within the smallest war cabinet with voting rights, issued an ultimatum in mid-May to Netanyahu, stating he would leave the cabinet if a post-war plan for the Gaza Strip was not announced by June 8. However, this did not happen, and Gantz’s party has now decided to withdraw from the emergency government.

The departure of Gantz’s party does not immediately threaten the survival of Netanyahu’s coalition. However, other dangers loom ahead for the government coalition. Far-right parties and ultra-Orthodox formations have threatened to abandon the coalition for different reasons. The departure of Gantz is a symbolic blow to Netanyahu, as Gantz’s political profile has been significantly strengthened during the war and he still leads electoral polls.

Despite this, Netanyahu remains in a commanding 64-seat majority in Parliament. The numbers are still on his side as ongoing efforts continue to reach a ceasefire and hostage deal with Hamas in Gaza.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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