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Benny Grantz Resigns From Israeli War-Cabinet Leaving Netanyahu In The Hands Of Far-Right Allies



Israeli minister Benny Grantz stepped down from his position in the Israeli war cabinet on Sunday. Although the former defense minister announced his resignation on June 8, he delayed his announcement as the nation was anticipating the rescue of 4 Israeli hostages in Rafah the same day.


Benny Grantz, who has been playing a key role in Israel’s three-man war cabinet, has officially resigned. He had previously given Benjamin Netanyahu an ultimatum to come up with a plan to release Israeli hostages, or he would resign by Saturday, June 8. Abiding by his three-week notice period, Grantz had to go with the resignation as Benjamin Netanyahu seems to have no intention of stopping the war any time soon.


“If you choose to lead the entire nation into the abyss, we will choose to resign from the government,” said Grantz in a televised statement on May 8. He gave a six-point plan to Netanyahu, which included the return of Israeli hostages, dismantling Hamas, withdrawal of the military from the Gaza Strip, governance of Gaza by Palestinian authority, etc.

 

As he declared his retirement from the war cabinet, he said, “Netanyahu prevents us from moving forward to a real victory [in Gaza]; that is why we are leaving the emergency government today with a heavy heart but with a whole heart.”

 

Even though Netanyahu didn’t agree with Grantz’s plan, he urged the Knesset members to stay in the team. Benny Grantz had good relations with several U.S. officials, which has been proven to favor Israel in many ways.


"Benny, this is not the time to abandon the campaign – this is the time to join forces. Citizens of Israel, we will continue until victory and all the goals of the war have been achieved, most importantly, the release of all our hostages and the elimination of Hamas,” wrote the Prime minister of Israel on X.

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