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Israeli war cabinet member demands overhaul of Netanyahu’s post-conflict vision for Gaza

Israeli politician Benny Gantz on Saturday called for an overhaul of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s post-Gaza vision and threatened to resign from his war cabinet if concerns were not addressed.

Gantz, seen as Netanyahu’s chief rival, has demanded that the government submit an updated six-point plan by June 8.

His request could further split the emergency government formed in response to the Oct. 7 terrorist attack on Israel by the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which killed about 1,200 Israelis and took more than 250 hostages. There is sex.

Gantz’s push focused first on ensuring the safe return of the remaining hostages held by Hamas, and then shifted focus to defeating the militant group in the Gaza Strip. He also proposed the creation of an international government made up of American, European, Arab and Palestinian representatives to lead civilian affairs in Gaza without including Hamas.

“If you choose the path of fanatics and lead the whole country into the abyss, we will be forced to leave the government,” Gantz told a news conference, according to the Associated Press. report.

His proposals also include normalizing relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia and expanding military service in the country.

According to the Associated Press, Netanyahu insisted he had overruled Gantz’s demands, opting instead to issue an ultimatum to the Israeli government rather than Hamas, calling the demands a “euphemism” for Israel’s defeat.

The proposal also comes days after Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant made a similar threat, claiming he would resign if Israel was elected ruler of Gaza.Instead, he pressure on Prime Minister Netanyahu Plan for a Palestinian state.

“I call on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make a decision: Israel will not establish civilian control in the Gaza Strip, Israel will not establish military rule in the Gaza Strip, and Israel will establish an alternative regime to Hamas in the Gaza Strip. “We moved forward immediately,” Gallant said last week. according to To AP.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan, announced in February, would allow Israel to maintain security in the Gaza Strip indefinitely after the conflict ends. But the plan would run counter to pressure from the United States and other countries for Israel to establish an independent Palestinian government.

The Associated Press contributed reporting.

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