Netanyahu Disbands War Cabinet

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced the end of his ‘War Cabinet’. He stated that the cabinet was being disbanded due to the withdrawal of former Minister of Defence and opposition politician Benny Gantz.

“The Cabinet was in the coalition agreement with Gantz, at his request. As soon as Gantz left – there is no need for a cabinet anymore” -Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Following Gantz’ resignation, Netanyahu and Israeli Minister of Defence Yoav Gallant were the only two remaining members with voting powers. Both Netanyahu and Gallant are members of the Likud party, making them completely dominant within the cabinet.

The effect that the disbandment of the cabinet will have on Israel’s decision making process in the war is not immediately clear.

Notably, the disbandment follows National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir’s request to join the cabinet.