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Netanyahu Dissolves War Cabinet, Consolidates Power

by | Jun 18, 2024

Netanyahu Dissolves War Cabinet, Consolidates Power

by | Jun 18, 2024

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The prime minister plans to make future decisions about the war in Gaza with a small consultation group.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved the Israeli war cabinet after two of its six members left. The Israeli leader will form a small consultation body of the remaining four members to make decisions about the war in Gaza.

On Monday, Netanyahu disbanded the war cabinet after Benny Gantz and Gadi Eisenkot resigned from the body. The war cabinet was set up as a unity coalition in response to the October 7 attack to advise the Israeli leader on decisions about the war in Gaza.

However, Gantz and Netanyahu disagreed on potentially negotiating with Hamas to get the remaining Israeli hostages held in Gaza released. After Netanyahu effectively killed a ceasefire agreement that would see the release of the Israelis, Gantz and Eisenkot left the war cabinet.

Other Israeli ministers initially sought to fill those seats. To prevent this, Netanyahu dissolved the body and designated a small forum of the remaining war cabinet members to make decisions about the war in Gaza. The new group includes Netanyahu himself, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer, Shas leader Aryeh Deri, and National Security Advisor head Tzachi Hanegbi.

Dermer and Deri are reported to be confidants of Netanyahu.

A source speaking with Haaretz said Netanyahu wanted to consolidate power and prevent far-right ministers from filling the seats. “In practice, there is no substantial change in the decision-making process, but Netanyahu’s announcement to dissolve the war cabinet allows [National Security Minister] Itamar Ben-Gvir to step back and not insist on being part of the limited decision-making forum,” the source said.

While Netanyahu may want to exclude Ben-Gvir from decision-making, the two agree on many issues about the war. After the Israeli military announced it would pause fighting along one road in Gaza to allow aid trucks to enter the Strip, both Netanyahu and Ben-Gvir rebuked the IDF for the policy.

This article was originally featured at Antiwar.com and is republished with permission.

Kyle Anzalone

Kyle Anzalone

Kyle Anzalone is news editor of the Libertarian Institute, opinion editor of Antiwar.com and co-host of Conflicts of Interest with Will Porter and Connor Freeman.

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