Israeli minister Benny Gantz resigns from war cabinet in blow to Netanyahu

Benny Gantz

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# 09 June 2024 21:58 (UTC +04:00)

Israeli war cabinet member Benny Gantz has resigned from Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, delivering a blow to the prime minister who has been celebrating the rare rescue of hostages held in Gaza, APA reports citing CNN.

“Leaving the government is a complex and painful decision,” Gantz said in a televised statement.

The decision by Gantz – considered Netanyahu’s main political challenger – fulfils an ultimatum he gave the prime minister last month calling on him to lay out a new plan for the war against Hamas by June 8.

Gantz had been expected to resign on Saturday, but postponed the announcement following news that Israeli forces had rescued four hostages in an operation Gazan officials said left more than 270 Palestinians dead.

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