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The future of the Israeli government hangs in the balance.

|Diana Albast

|Diana Albast

When it comes to resignation threats in the Israeli emergency government, they raise a lot of controversy and questions about what might happen if they are actually implemented. Especially in the case of Benjamin Gantz, the leader of the “State Camp” party and a member of the three-member Israeli War Council, his threat to resign from the emergency government raises additional tension in the Israeli political arena, especially since this government is considered determined to confront major challenges in the region. It is worth mentioning that the two members of the War Council, Gantz and Gadi Eisenkot, had threatened about three weeks ago to withdraw from it and gave Netanyahu until June 8th to approve the plans for the day after the war in Gaza, as the two ministers disagree with the prime minister about the Israeli control over the sector even after the end of the war.

Gantz had demanded in a speech he gave at the time to develop an organized plan to achieve six goals: the return of the kidnapped, the defeat of Hamas, the disarmament of the sector, the determination of an alternative to manage the rule in it, and the return of the residents of northern Israel to their homes by September 1st, in addition to adopting the military service plan in Israel.

From here, we must look at the political implications if Gantz and his party resign, as the Israeli government may face a new political crisis, especially with the dispersion of voices within the ruling coalition… and here lies the crisis.
Gantz’s resignation could lead to a vacuum that hinders the government’s ability to deal with security challenges, both inside “Israel” and in the surrounding region, and this vacuum may increase the severity of existing tensions and conflicts.

We must also look at the potential economic effects of this step. When there is political instability, it can negatively affect confidence in the economy and investment, which is already almost non-existent in the midst of the ongoing war, and which has begun to harm economic growth and deteriorate the financial situation of the entity.

In general, it appears that Gantz’s resignation from the Israeli government could open the door to many challenges and risks, whether on the political and security or economic levels. However, the situation is still changing, and events may develop in unexpected ways.
According to the statements of the Israeli Broadcasting Authority: Netanyahu may announce the dismantling of the War Council, which is part of the structure of the Israeli government to enable quick and effective decision-making in emergencies and security crises. If Gantz carries out his threat to resign from the emergency government, it is assumed that this action will be a response to the escalation of the political and security crisis, which may lead to changes in the composition or orientations of the government, and this potential step may significantly affect the northern front of “Israel”, especially in light of the ongoing tensions with Lebanon, Syria, and Hezbollah. If the Israeli government’s ability to direct and make strategic decisions quickly and effectively declines, it may complicate dealing with any potential military development on the northern borders, and the potential vacuum may increase conflicts in this sensitive region.

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