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Exposé : Who vetoed PM Bennett's instructions to kill Sinwar

Ever since October 7th, not a few former high-ups (and also current ones) in IDF and political power echelons have been trying to rewrite history and cleanse themselves of any responsibility for the [disastrous] IDF failure on that day. Here is one attempt.

Exposé : Who vetoed PM Bennett's instructions to kill Sinwar

Report:

Emergency government close to collapsing

National Unity says if no progress is made in reaching a hostage deal in the coming days it will leave the government.

Emergency government close to collapsing

Gantz:

'Rafah operation - part of the effort to return the hostages'

National Unity chairman tells the families of the hostages that the response from Hamas "does not correspond to the dialogue that has taken place so far with the mediators and contains significant gaps".

'Rafah operation - part of the effort to return the hostages'

Minister Gantz's red line

Deal for returning the hostages without ending the war

Minister Gantz warns: ‘If the ministers who led the government on Oct. 7 prevent a responsible deal that does not involve ending the war, the government will have no right to exist’

Deal for returning the hostages without ending the war

'You aren't influencing anything'

Yair Lapid slams Benny Gantz and Gadi Eisenkot

Opposition leader Yair Lapid claims National Unity MKs are 'keeping an illegitimate and failing government alive - go home.'

Yair Lapid slams Benny Gantz and Gadi Eisenkot

Minister Gantz to Blinken:

'Sanctions on Netzach Yehuda - a double mistake'

The National Unity Party chair asked the US Secretary of State to reconsider sanctions on the IDF unit since they would hurt Israel's legitimacy and have no justification since Israel has a strong and independent judiciary.

'Sanctions on Netzach Yehuda - a double mistake'

For the first time since Hamas's response:

War Cabinet will discuss the hostage deal

At the request of Ministers Benny Gantz and Gadi Eisenkot, the cabinet will convene to discuss the deadlock reached in the deal after Hamas's response to the mediators' proposal.

War Cabinet will discuss the hostage deal

Draft Law crisis:

Deri accuses: 'Gantz is blocking all options for agreements'

Shas chief Aryeh Deri talks about potential Draft Law, says negotiations have arrived at a 'junction which seemingly can't be passed,' since MK Benny Gantz and his party refuse all options for agreements.

Deri accuses: 'Gantz is blocking all options for agreements'

PM's office denies cabinet opposed response to Iran

Ministers Benny Gantz and Gadi Eisenkot reportedly demanded an immediate response to Iran's attack, while others in the War Cabinet opposed it.

PM's office denies cabinet opposed response to Iran

Minister Gantz:

'Israel is against Iran, the world is against Iran'

National Unity Party Chairman Minister Benny Gantz called for Israel to strengthen its regional alliances and declared that Israel will strike back 'in the manner and at the time that is right for us.'

'Israel is against Iran, the world is against Iran'

Minister Gantz:

'Youth in middle school will one day fight in the Gaza Strip'

Minister Benny Gantz addressed the media and said that Israel will continue to fight in Gaza: 'We will go into Rafah, we will return to Khan Yunis, and we will operate in Gaza.'

'Youth in middle school will one day fight in the Gaza Strip'

After Gantz's remarks:

Schumer again calls for elections in Israel

Senate Majority Leader calls on Israel to hold elections, cites Benny Gantz’s remarks: When a leading member of Israel’s war cabinet calls for early elections, you know it’s the right thing to do.

Schumer again calls for elections in Israel

September elections?

Gantz calls to set date for new elections

Minister Benny Gantz spoke at a press conference after last night's violent protest in Jerusalem and said elections will 'prevent split' in the nation.

Gantz calls to set date for new elections

Gantz: PM should go to Washington himself

In the wake of the cancelation of the Israeli delegation to Washington, Blue and White leader Benny Gantz called for the Prime Minister to go to Washington to speak directly with President Biden.

Gantz: PM should go to Washington himself

New draft law to contain 'negative incentives'

In a break with several years of obstinence on the subject, the haredi parties have agreed to a law that would impose economic penalties on haredim who avoid army service.

New draft law to contain 'negative incentives'

Trudeau to Gantz:

'Concerned over Israeli operation in Rafah'

Canadian Prime Minister speaks to Minister Benny Gantz, condemns Hamas but also shares his concern around Israel’s planned offensive in the Gaza city of Rafah.

'Concerned over Israeli operation in Rafah'

Liberman:

'This is why they didn't want me in the War Cabinet'

Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman attacks Minister Benny Gantz for vetoing Liberman and Sa'ar's entry into the War Cabinet: Is this unity?

'This is why they didn't want me in the War Cabinet'

Sa'ar's ultimatum to Netanyahu

New Hope leader Gideon Sa'ar has declared that he will leave the emergency government if he is not added to the War Cabinet.

Sa'ar's ultimatum to Netanyahu

MK Sharren Haskel:

'Sa'ar is right-wing, Gantz is left-wing'

MK Sharren Haskel explains why the New Hope Party decided to split from Benny Gantz’s National Unity Party.

'Sa'ar is right-wing, Gantz is left-wing'

Gantz:

'Schumer mistaken, Israelis choose their leaders'

Likud, former PM Bennett say Israel is not a 'banana republic' after Senator Schumer calls for new elections to remove Netanyahu from power.

'Schumer mistaken, Israelis choose their leaders'

Kan pollster:

'A third of Israel has become more right-wing'

A new poll shows a widespread shift among Israeli political views due to the October 7th massacre.

'A third of Israel has become more right-wing'

Gantz ahead of Ramadan:

'Hamas will not desecrate houses of worship'

National Unity chairman in remarks ahead of Ramadan: Our war is not against Islam.

'Hamas will not desecrate houses of worship'

Is Gantz betraying Netanyahu?

it is important that the theme of the present war be emphasized as a struggle that is not merely political but a struggle of Good vs. Evil. Opinion

Is Gantz betraying Netanyahu?

Blinken to Gantz:

'Humanitarian plan needed before operation in Rafah'

Minister Benny Gantz meets US Secretary of State in Washington. State Department: The Secretary underscored the importance of reaching an agreement to achieve the release of Israeli hostages held by Hamas.

'Humanitarian plan needed before operation in Rafah'

Gantz to US officials:

Ending war without Rafah op unacceptable to Israel

'Ending the war without clearing out Rafah is like sending a firefighter to extinguish 80% of the fire,' Minister Benny Gantz tells National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.

Ending war without Rafah op unacceptable to Israel

Harris to Gantz:

'Humanitarian plan needed before Rafah operation'

US Vice President meets Minister Benny Gantz at the White House, calls on Hamas to accept ceasefire deal.

'Humanitarian plan needed before Rafah operation'

Ben Gvir:

'We are going back to the same misconception'

National Security Min. Itamar Ben Gvir tells Arutz Sheva: 'Prime Minister is nearing the moment when he will have to make a decision, whether he is following Gantz's path or that of Otzma Yehudit.'

'We are going back to the same misconception'

Amb. Herzog instructed not to join Gantz in US

Ambassador Michael Herzog told not to deal with Minister Gantz's visit to Washington in any way due to alleged failure to properly clear visit with PM Netanyahu.

Amb. Herzog instructed not to join Gantz in US

Not coordinated with PM

Gantz to take off for Washington on Sunday

Sources close to Netanyahu say he "made it clear to Minister Gantz that the State of Israel has only one Prime Minister".

Gantz to take off for Washington on Sunday

Likud MK:

'Why do we not talk about drafting Arabs?'

MK Amit Halevi points out 'the elephant in the room' regarding calls for haredim to enlist.

'Why do we not talk about drafting Arabs?'

Gantz presents plan for haredi draft

The new 'Israeli service law' will require nearly universal conscription, while opening numerous new destinations for enlisted youth.

Gantz presents plan for haredi draft

Gallant's message that angered Netanyahu

Defense Minister reportedly says he will support whatever Benny Gantz supports on the issue of haredi conscription.

Gallant's message that angered Netanyahu

Gantz:

'The war will continue deep in enemy territory'

National Unity leader Benny Gantz gave a statement in which he promised that the war would expand farther into both Hamas and Hezbollah's territory to ensure that Israelis could return home safely.

'The war will continue deep in enemy territory'

Protesters call for Gantz to push for elections

Demonstrators claimed that elections were needed to allow the people to put their faith in the government again.

Protesters call for Gantz to push for elections

Gantz:

'Unilateral recognition of PA state rewards terror'

National Unity party chairman says it would be a mistake for other countries to force the establishment of a Palestinian state in the aftermath of October 7.

'Unilateral recognition of PA state rewards terror'

MK Elkin: 'Long ways to go before we defeat Hamas'

MK Ze'ev Elkin stresses: Israel's central goal is to defeat Hamas, so it will no longer be able to rule Gaza - we must not stop on the way there.

MK Elkin: 'Long ways to go before we defeat Hamas'

Gantz to US Jewish leaders:

'Path to peace not by 1-sided PA state recognition'

National Unity party chairman addresses Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organization, says ' There has not been a more just war' than the current war against Hamas.

'Path to peace not by 1-sided PA state recognition'

Gantz to Hamas:

'Return the hostages or Israel will invade Rafah'

Minister Benny Gantz delivers an ultimatum to Hamas just minutes before Shabbat

'Return the hostages or Israel will invade Rafah'

Gantz:

'Strong response to deadly Tzfat attack soon'

National Unity party chairman reacts to death of Israeli in Hezbollah missile barrage on north.

'Strong response to deadly Tzfat attack soon'

Poll:

Public believes Gantz is most suitable to be PM

51% say that the elections should be moved forward, 39% say that there is no need to do so and 10% replied "I don't know". Among votes of the pro-Netanyahu bloc, only 20% said that it was necessary.

Public believes Gantz is most suitable to be PM

Gov. Minister relocates to Gaza Border town

"We lost valuable time in dismantling Hamas"

Gantz attacked the discourse in the political echelon and the Prime Minister, "Unfortunately, in recent days there are those who have forgotten this, especially the leadership, and are conducting a divisive discourse in the Knesset."

"We lost valuable time in dismantling Hamas"

Gantz, Lapid respond:

'Ben-Gvir harms Israel's foreign relations'

National Unity, Yesh Atid leaders condemn National Security Minister for WSJ interview claiming that the US would be more supportive of Israel if Trump is reelected.

'Ben-Gvir harms Israel's foreign relations'

Gantz and Eisenkot's surprising proposal

The two ministers proposed in closed discussions in recent days to limit the transfer of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

Gantz and Eisenkot's surprising proposal

Poll:

National Unity fares better if led by Eisenkot

Channel 12 News poll examines public opinion on settlement in Gaza, finds that a majority is against a return to Gush Katif, though an overwhelming majority on the right is in favor.

National Unity fares better if led by Eisenkot

Gallant's proposal to Netanyahu and Gantz

The Defense Minister suggested that the Prime Minister and Minister Gantz agree to hold elections half a year after the end of the war or two years from now, whichever comes first.

Gallant's proposal to Netanyahu and Gantz

Benny Gantz to residents of southern Israel:

The war could last an entire generation

In closed meeting with residents of Gaza border region, Min. Benny Gantz stresses hostages need to take priority, warns war against Hamas may last years.

The war could last an entire generation

'It's on you, stop the war':

Bereaved brother attacks Minister Gantz at funeral

In an outburst of emotions the brother of SGM (Res.) Adam Bismut cried out in pain and called out to the Minister.

Bereaved brother attacks Minister Gantz at funeral

Minister Gantz criticizes leaks on hostages:

'Tearing families apart and harming efforts'

Minister Benny Gantz criticizes the leaks about the hostages, speaks about continuation of the war in Gaza.

'Tearing families apart and harming efforts'

Message of unity:

'Bow our heads for fallen, we will push to victory'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, and Minister Benny Gantz gave a joint statement addressing the disaster in Gaza which killed 21 IDF reservists.

'Bow our heads for fallen, we will push to victory'

Benny Gantz:

'The goals of the war have not changed'

National Unity chairman: I'm very disturbed by the voices that have been heard in recent days, and call on everyone to come together for a respectful discourse.

'The goals of the war have not changed'

Gaza war:

Gantz delivered list of demands to Netanyahu

Gantz conveyed to Netanyahu a demand to promote a list of decisions that he says are critical to the continuation of the war.

Gantz delivered list of demands to Netanyahu

Dudi Amsalem claims:

'Two ministers leaked info from Cabinet meetings'

Minister Dudi Amsalem names two ministers who, he claims, leaked details from Cabinet meetings to the media.

'Two ministers leaked info from Cabinet meetings'

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Hershtik, The Maccabeats, Min. Gantz pray for IDF

Marking 100 days since October 7th, War Cabinet Minster, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, Cantor Netanel Hershtik and the Maccabeats join in prayer for the success and welfare of the Israel Defense Forces.

Hershtik, The Maccabeats, Min. Gantz pray for IDF

Gantz warns:

'If we stop now - Hamas will regain control'

Minister Benny Gantz: The most urgent thing is the return of the hostages. This has precedence over any move in the fighting.

'If we stop now - Hamas will regain control'

Poll:

Gantz leads, Netanyahu and Lapid decline

Kan 11 News poll finds Gantz wins 33 seats, compared to 20 seats for the Likud and 14 for Yesh Atid.

Gantz leads, Netanyahu and Lapid decline

Gantz against Netanyahu:

'He must choose between unity and security - and politics'

Minister Benny Gantz says Netanyahu is responsible for the incident in the Cabinet, in which ministers confronted Chief of Staff.

'He must choose between unity and security - and politics'

Cabinet meeting ends abruptly:

Ministers attack IDF Chief of Staff, meeting dispersed

Meeting of Political-Security Cabinet ends abruptly after ministers blast Chief of Staff over appointment of team to investigate October 7.

Ministers attack IDF Chief of Staff, meeting dispersed

After death of Hamas official:

Macron urges Israel to 'avoid escalation'

French President speaks to Minister Benny Gantz, calls on Israel to avoid escalation, "particularly in Lebanon".

Macron urges Israel to 'avoid escalation'

Benny Gantz in southern Israel

'We are ready for the next stage of the war'

Minister Gantz visited the IDF Southern Command and met with local leaders from the western Negev.

'We are ready for the next stage of the war'

Netanyahu: I asked Xi Jinping to help recover hostages

Prime Minister Netanyahu told the Knesset Plenum of the many efforts being made to free the hostages, including an appeal to China.

Netanyahu: I asked Xi Jinping to help recover hostages