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Cracks in Israel’s cabinet over Gaza issue come to light – vopbuzz


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JERUSALEM: Israeli government divides on war in Gaza It opened this week after the defense minister demanded a clear strategy Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu As soldiers return to fight Hamas fighters in areas where the army fought months ago.
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant’s comments saying he would not accept an attack attempt military government This situation in the region reflects growing unease in the security establishment over Netanyahu’s failure to provide instructions on who will rule Gaza once the fighting ends.
They also revealed the sharp divide between the two centrist former leaders. army generals In the cabinet, Benny Gantz and Gadi Eisenkot, who supported Gallant’s call, and far-right nationalist religious parties led by Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich and Internal Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir condemned the comments.
“This is not the way to wage war,” the right-wing Israel Today tabloid headlined its Thursday edition of a photo of Netanyahu and Gallant looking in different directions.
Other than disbanding Hamas and returning about 130 hostages still held by the Islamist movement, Netanyahu has not outlined a clear strategic goal for ending the campaign that has killed nearly 35,000 Palestinians and left Israel increasingly isolated internationally.
However, with the support of Ben-Gvir and Smotrich, both of whom are close to the West Bank settler movement, the Palestinian Authority, established three decades ago under the Oslo interim peace accords and internationally generally opposed to the Palestinian Authority’s post-war administration of Gaza He denied any involvement. It is the most legitimate governing body of Palestine.
Trying to keep his fractious coalition together, Netanyahu has so far stuck to his promise of complete victory against Hamas. From now on, Gaza “could be governed by a non-Hamas civilian administration with Israeli military responsibility and overall military responsibility,” he told CNBC television on Wednesday.
Israeli officials have said Palestinian tribal leaders or others could be tapped to fill the void, but there is no evidence that such leaders have been identified and no friendly Arab countries have come forward to help.
“The options available to Israel are to either end the war and withdraw, or to all intents and purposes set up a military government there and control the entire region for who knows how long, because once they abandon an area, Hamas will do so. Chatham House Middle East and North Africa “It’s re-emerging,” said Yossi Mekelberg of the Programme.
Guerrilla tactics
Gallant’s refusal to form any permanent military government reflects the cost of an operation that could painfully strain the military and the economy, bringing back memories of Israel’s years-long occupation of southern Lebanon after the 1982 war.
Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel’s largest-circulation newspaper, on Friday cited a confidential assessment by the defense establishment that estimated the cost of maintaining a military government in the Gaza Strip, on top of reconstruction costs, at about 20 billion shekels ($5.43 billion) a year. . It was stated that the additional troop requirement would draw forces away from the northern border with Lebanon and central Israel and would mean a sharp increase in reserve duty requirements.
Michael Milshtein, a former intelligence officer and one of Israel’s leading Hamas experts, said it would take at least four divisions, or about 50,000 soldiers, to gain full control of Gaza.
While thousands of Hamas fighters were killed in the campaign and Israeli commanders said most of the movement’s organized battalions had disbanded, smaller groups emerged in areas abandoned by the army in the early stages of the war.
The potential cost to Israel of a prolonged insurgency was highlighted on Wednesday, when five Israeli soldiers were killed in “friendly fire” by an Israeli tank while Israeli troops were fighting in the Jabalia district, north of Gaza City; It had shattered Hamas’ military structure after weeks of fighting in that region, the army said in January.
It was stated that militants were still present in Jabaliya at that time, but were operating “without a frame and without commanders”.
On Friday, the army said it was conducting a “divisional level” offensive in Jabalia, where soldiers clashed in the city centre. He said forces killed more than 60 fighters and found dozens of long-range rockets.
Israel’s military spokesman, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, said the army’s mission was to “destroy the places where Hamas has returned and tried to reunify itself” but that the question of an alternative government to Hamas would be a political decision.
Although most polls show Israelis still generally support the war, that support is waning as the return of hostages is increasingly prioritized over the destruction of Hamas.
A taste of the broader social divisions likely to emerge was seen in the long-running debate over the recruitment of ultra-Orthodox Torah students; It is a move supported by Gantz and his allies, as well as many secular Israelis, but strongly opposed by Israel. religious parties.
Netanyahu has so far managed to avoid a strike that could have brought down either party’s government.
But Gallant, who led a cabinet revolt against Netanyahu last year over plans to cut judges’ powers, has repeatedly clashed with Smotrich and Ben-Gvir, and his latest challenge to the prime minister may not be his last.
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