Israeli Minister Gantz Threatens Resignation Over Gaza Strategy

Written by Henrik Rothen

May.19 - 2024 9:40 AM CET

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Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz demands a clear Gaza plan from Netanyahu or threatens to resign.

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Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz has issued a stark ultimatum to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Present a detailed plan for Gaza post-conflict by June 8, or face his resignation. This is reported by Financial Times.

Gantz's demand isn't just for any plan but one that includes six specific objectives: the release of hostages, the overthrow of Hamas, the demilitarization of Gaza, establishing control over the area, and setting up a civil administration.

According to Gantz, these steps are essential for ensuring long-term stability and security in the region.

In his statement, Gantz emphasized the urgency and gravity of the situation, stressing that a clear and actionable strategy is crucial.

“We cannot afford to continue with ambiguity,” he declared, pressing Netanyahu to outline a definitive path forward.

Netanyahu's Dismissal

The office of Prime Minister Netanyahu swiftly responded, dismissing Gantz's ultimatum as mere rhetoric.

They criticized Gantz for directing his demands at the Prime Minister rather than at Hamas, suggesting that his approach was misplaced.

"These are empty words," a spokesperson for Netanyahu remarked, reflecting the ongoing tension and lack of consensus within the government.

Election Talks

This isn't the first time Gantz has challenged the current administration.

In early April, he called on the government to agree on a date for early elections, proposing September 2024.

Gantz has been in discussions with various politicians and has informed Netanyahu about the need for new elections, signaling his broader concerns about the current leadership and its direction.

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