Israel’s Netanyahu disbands war cabinet signaling split in approach to war

On October 8, 2023 Benjamin Netanyahu formed a “War Cabinet, ” The war cabinet expressed the full backing for the IDF and unity with the government, saying: “In times like these, there is no opposition and coalition in Israel.” The war Cabinet included all opposition groups in Israel and had pledged a unified approach to the Hamas an Hostage mission. France 24

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Meanwhile, the IDF announced a “tactical pause” of military activities along a road in southern Gaza that has been designated for humanitarian aid deliveries every day for 11 hours.

The war cabinet: In disbanding the cabinet, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have avoided having to accede to National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir’s calls to join it, which could have further strained Israel’s relations with the US, or having to reject his demands, which could have angered the more extreme wing of Netanyahu’s coalition. 

Palestinian displacement: More than 1.3 million people are believed to have been displaced from Rafah to other parts of Gaza in about six weeks, according to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. The agency also said 193 of its staff have been killed since the war between Israel and Hamas began on October 7, calling Gaza “the most dangerous places in the world for aid workers.”

Israeli settlements in occupied West Bank: Israel’s government says it is looking to “strengthen” Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank after several countries unilaterally recognized a Palestinian state. All of the proposals would be voted on at the next Security Cabinet meeting, the prime minister’s office said Sunday.

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