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Gantz, Israeli Minister, Calls for Early Elections

Israeli war cabinet member Benny Gantz has called for new elections in September, stating that this move would garner international support for Israel and reduce divisions within society. Gantz made these remarks during a press conference on Wednesday, emphasizing the potential benefits of holding new elections.

Despite Gantz’s demands, there are currently no immediate consequences. He did not threaten to leave the war cabinet if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not comply with his demands. However, Gantz could potentially benefit from new elections as surveys indicate that the center-right National Union party he leads would be the strongest faction.

According to recent polls, Netanyahu’s Likud party is experiencing a decline in popularity among voters. If new elections were to be held and Gantz maintained his current poll numbers, he could potentially become the next prime minister. The official date for the next parliamentary election in Israel is not until October 2026.

Netanyahu’s Likud party has rejected Gantz’s demands, citing the need to continue government operations until all war goals are achieved. The party believes that an early election could paralyze the country, divide society, and jeopardize efforts to secure the release of hostages. Israel’s opposition leader Jair Lapid has also called for the replacement of the current government to facilitate the return of the hostages.

Critics of Netanyahu accuse him of failing to take responsibility for allowing a Hamas massacre to occur on October 7th. Despite joining the war cabinet after the start of the Gaza war, Gantz is viewed as playing a moderating role within the government. The political landscape in Israel remains contentious as debates continue over the potential for new elections and leadership changes

By Samantha Jones

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