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Split in Israel’s War Cabinet as Defense Chief Opposes ‘military Rule’ in Gaza

Israeli Defense Minister Gallant takes Prime Minister Netanyahu to task for failing to address the issue of the post-war plan for Gaza.

There was a rare public dispute within Israel’s war cabinet over the lack of post-war plans for the Gaza Strip. Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said the country should no longer be involved in ruling the besieged and bombed area after the fighting ends.

On Wednesday, Gallant said he opposed Israel’s military control or assuming responsibility for governing the Gaza Strip.

“I must reiterate… I will not agree to the establishment of Israeli military rule in Gaza. “Israel must not establish civilian rule in Gaza,” he told a news conference.

Since the current conflict began in October, Gallant said he had “consistently raised this issue in the Cabinet and received no response,” chided Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and urged him to “make a decision.”

Netanyahu, who has indicated that Israel intends to retain full control over security affairs in the enclave, responded to Gallant’s call and said he was “not willing to trade Hamastan for Fatahstan.” He has previously said that it was moot to talk about the “day after” war because the conflict would only end with the complete defeat of Hamas, the group that has ruled Gaza since 2007.

Benny Gantz, another War Cabinet member, supported Gallant, saying he was telling the truth and that it was the leadership’s responsibility to do what was right for the country at all costs.

“This all really shows that divisions are deepening among War Cabinet members at a very critical time,” Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Jamjoom said, reporting from Amman, Jordan, following an Israeli ban on the network.

Far-right ministers targeted Gallant, whose testimony put him in the crosshairs of National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich.

“The Minister of Defense who failed on October 7th and continues to fail today. Such a defense minister must be replaced to achieve the war goals,” Ben-Gvir said in an X post.

Smotrich also posted

Break between the USA and Israel

Despite his promise to dismantle Hamas, Netanyahu did not express a clear vision of an alternative to Hamas after the war. Now, as the Israeli military steps up its borderless offensive in the territory and sends 600,000 people fleeing southern Rafah, pressure is growing from critics at home and allies abroad – particularly the United States – to come up with a governance plan that Safety and Security Reconstruction.

Disagreements over Gaza’s future have led to increasing public tensions between Israel and the United States. Earlier this week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in some of his harshest public criticism, accused Israel of lacking a plan. Jamjoom said the latest developments point to “a major rift in U.S.-Israel relations.”

Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid said the Netanyahu government had “lost control.”

“Relations with the US are collapsing, the middle class is collapsing,” he said. “Soldiers are killed in Gaza every day and they argue on television. The cabinet is disassembled and not functional. Ministers protest outside cabinet meetings.”

As of Monday, 272 Israeli soldiers have been killed and 1,674 injured since the start of the war in the Gaza Strip and along the border with the Palestinian territory. On Thursday, the Israeli military said five soldiers were killed in northern Gaza, attributing it to friendly fire.

A statement said seven soldiers were injured in Wednesday’s incident. According to a preliminary investigation, two Israeli tanks in the area opened fire on a house used by the Israeli battalion’s deputy commander, the military said.

The head of Hamas’s political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, said on Wednesday that “the Hamas movement is here to stay” in response to the debate over Gaza’s post-war future.

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