Israeli Ministers React to Gantz’s Resignation

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Israeli political leaders reacted to the news of Benny Gantz’s resignation from the coalition on Sunday night.

The Opposition leader and chairman of Yesh Atid, Yair Lapid, posted a statement to X, saying: “Gantz and Eisenkot’s decision to leave the failed government is important and just. The time has come to replace this extreme government with a sane government that will lead to the return of security to the citizens of Israel, to the return of the hostages, to the restoration of Israel’s economy and international status.”

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Bazalel Smotrcih of Religious Zionism stated, “Benny, when you got under the stretcher eight months ago, you did a brave and right thing, and for that, you deserve to be appreciated.”

“Today, your step is aimed at dismantling this cohesion for political reasons and is irresponsible.”

“There is no less stately act than resigning from a government during a war. This is exactly what Sinwar, Nasrallah, and Iran were aiming for, and unfortunately, you are fulfilling their request,” wrote Smotrich.

Avigdor Liberman of Yisrael Beiteinu wrote in a statement on X: “Better late than never, the time has come for a Zionist coalition.”

National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir demanded to be added to the war cabinet following Gantz’s departure.

“Now, in light of Gantz’s retirement, I have requested the Prime Minister to join the war cabinet. The time has come to make brave decisions, to achieve real deterrence, and bring security to the residents of the south, north, and Israel as a whole,” Ben-Gvir said.

The new leader of the Labor party, Yair Golan, criticized the timing of Gantz’s exit, calling it “too late.”

“I do not doubt that on a personal level, Benny Gantz had good intentions. He is a patriot who worries about the fate of this country – just like us. His decision to resign from the government was the biggest failure in the country’s history – necessary, appropriate, but late. Too late,” Golan wrote.



  1. To shake up a government during war time in unconscionable and dangerous. Roosevelt was even elected to a third term in the USA during WWll because it is far too dangerous for a government not to be fully engaged during war. He is not doing the right thing. His behavior is wholly wanton and imperillous.


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