Netanyahu dissolves Israeli war cabinet amid Gaza conflict

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dissolved the War Cabinet established on October 11, 2023, during Israel’s conflict with Gaza, as reported by state media on Monday.

Public broadcaster KAN stated that far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir had strongly requested to join the Cabinet.

The decision follows opposition leader Benny Gantz’s departure from the emergency government earlier this month due to disagreements over Gaza’s post-war strategy. The original Cabinet included Netanyahu, Gantz, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, Ron Dermer, Gadi Eizenkot, and Shas party leader Aryeh Deri.

In response to the announcement, opposition leader Yair Lapid criticized Netanyahu, urging him to dissolve the entire government rather than just the War Cabinet. Lapid has been advocating for months to dismantle the government and call for early elections.

“Instead of disbanding the War Cabinet, the Israeli government should be disbanded,” Lapid wrote on his X account.

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