Thu 13 Jun 2024 8:00 pm - Jerusalem Time

The Israeli War Council meets Thursday in its new form

The Israeli government's war council will meet in its new form on Thursday evening, after the resignation of former ministers Benny Gantz and Gadi Eisenkot, according to official Hebrew media.

The official Israeli Broadcasting Corporation said that the war council will meet tonight in its new form after the resignation of Gantz and Eisenkot last Sunday.

After the resignation of Gantz and Eisenkot, the War Council now includes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Galant as two main members, and Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer and Minister without Portfolio Aryeh Deri as observers.

On Monday, Hebrew media reported that Netanyahu is considering dissolving the war council following the resignation of Ministers Gantz and Eisenkot.

On Sunday evening, Gantz and Eisenkot, partners in the National Unity Party (12 MPs out of 120 in the Knesset), accused Netanyahu of pursuing “policies that serve his own political interests,” with a call for early elections “as soon as possible.”

They also accused him of failing to achieve the declared goals of the ongoing war on the Gaza Strip, since October 7, especially the elimination of Hamas and the return of prisoners from the Strip.

The resignation of Gantz and Eisenkot does not represent a major threat to Netanyahu's government, as their party was not part of his ruling coalition, which maintains a parliamentary majority of 64 deputies, that is, three more than the minimum.

But the resignation will leave the war council, which was formed last October 11, without representation from any party other than the “Likud” (right) led by Netanyahu.

The Israeli government has three decision-making bodies: the War Council, the Mini-Ministerial Council for Political and Security Affairs (the Cabinet), and the expanded government.

Netanyahu is committed to continuing in his position, and has rejected mounting calls for months to hold early elections, claiming that they would “paralyze the state” and freeze prisoner exchange negotiations for a period that may reach 8 months.


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The Israeli War Council meets Thursday in its new form