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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at the Knesset in Jerusalem, May 20 2024. Picture: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at the Knesset in Jerusalem, May 20 2024. Picture: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Jerusalem — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dissolved the six-member war cabinet, an Israeli official said on Monday, in a widely expected move that came after the departure from government of the centrist former general Benny Gantz.

Netanyahu is now expected to hold consultations about the Gaza war with a small group of ministers, including defence minister Yoav Gallant and strategic affairs minister Ron Dermer who had been in the war cabinet.

The prime minister had faced demands from the nationalist-religious partners in his coalition, finance minister Bezalel Smotrich and national security minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, to be included in the war cabinet, a move which would have intensified strains with international partners including the US.

The forum was formed after Gantz joined Netanyahu in a national unity government at the start of the war in October and also included Gantz’s partner Gadi Eisenkot and Aryeh Deri, head of the religious party Shas, as observers.

Gantz and Eisenkot both left the government last week, over what they said was Netanyahu’s failure to form a strategy for the Gaza war.

Reuters

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