June 23, 2024 10:02 pm
Israeli Government Divisions are Heightened

Israeli unity government disagreements intensified on Saturday over two offensives by Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been criticized for not having a comprehensive plan for peace in Gaza, which has led to an ultimatum from Benny Gantz, a member of the war cabinet and popular politician. Gantz threatened to resign if a post-war plan was not drawn up and approved by June 8th. The plan must include several elements, including the release of Israeli hostages held by Hamas, the demilitarization of the Gaza Strip, the return of Israelis displaced by the conflict, the establishment of an alternative government for the region, and progress in negotiations with Saudi Arabia.

Gantz expressed his concerns at a press conference that he would withdraw from the government if Israel was heading towards disaster. This statement came amidst two offensives on Jabalya refugee camp and Rafah, leading to over 800,000 people being displaced and Egypt closing its border crossing with Israel. The tension between Netanyahu and other government members over the outcome of the war poses a challenge for the prime minister. The American Assistant Secretary of State disagrees with what is being referred to as “the victory theory” by Israeli officials. Thousands of Israelis are protesting against their government and calling for a ceasefire to free hostages held in Gaza.

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant also expressed differences with Netanyahu regarding a plan for a Palestinian administration to govern Gaza with support from Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries. However, Netanyahu rejects any role for Palestinians in governing Gaza or creating a Palestinian state. Netanyahu argues that any conditions imposed by Gantz would lead Israel to defeat, abandon hostages, leave Hamas intact, and result in the formation of a Palestinian state. He emphasizes that an emergency government is necessary and urges Gantz to clarify his positions publicly.

Gantz responded promptly, arguing that Netanyahu should focus on making efforts instead of sabotaging them. He emphasizes that Palestinians can govern Gaza if they have support from Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries but not through Palestine Authority’s leadership since it has no legitimacy among Palestinians themselves. He clarifies that creating a Palestinian state is not solely Saudi Arabia’s demand; it was supported by Netanyahu himself in previous years before becoming partisan politics dictated otherwise. In conclusion, if Netanyahu values unity within his government he must make decisions without hesitation due to extremists within it who don’t want peace or diplomacy solutions

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