By Sophie Squire
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Palestine resistance behind Israeli cabinet splits

The Israeli cabinet may split due to the Palestinian resistance threatening Israel's Gaza strategy.
Issue 2906
Benny Gantz, Minister of Defense for Israel, at US Defense Conference (Picture: flickr/US Secretary of Defense)

Benny Gantz, Minister of Defense for the Israeli Government, at US Defense Conference (Picture: flickr/US Secretary of Defense)

Will the Israeli government tear itself apart over its war on Gaza? Israeli cabinet minister Benny Gantz last week threatened to withdraw from Israel’s coalition government.

He said prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu had no viable plans for after the “day after” Israel’s assault on Gaza.

He gave Netanyahu until 8 June to come up with a full response or else he will resign. That would cause the government to collapse.

The split has nothing to do with the extent of Palestinian suffering. Instead, it results from the Israeli military’s failure to destroy the Palestinian resistance.

After over seven months of fighting, the occupier has not been able to crush resistance forces that increasingly work together to hit back at its troops.

In parts of Gaza that Israel has already declared itself to be in total control of—such as the Jabalia camp—its military are now sustaining heavy casualties.

The Israeli public’s faith in the government’s Gaza plans are now at an all-time low.

After the 7 October, the state and Israelis were broadly united in their support for the war and the government’s plans.

But now 62 percent of Israelis say they no longer believe “total victory” is possible. Gantz is concerned that Netanyahu’s Gaza plans aren’t crushing the resistance, will threaten Israel’s security and alienate its allies. 

As a former chief of staff of the Israeli forces, he proposed a set of six “strategic goals” that the terror state must achieve.

They included bringing hostages home, dismantling Hamas and demilitarising the Gaza Strip to form a “US‑European-Arab-Palestinian administration that will run civilian affairs in the Gaza Strip”.

He also added that Israel should “return the residents of the north of Gaza” and advance normalisation with Saudi Arabia.

Gantz explicitly said that he doesn’t want Gaza to be governed by Palestinian Authority (PA) chairperson Mahmoud Abbas.

But Gantz knows that Netanyahu has no room to manoeuvre.

His hard right allies are calling the shots in his administration. They want Gaza completely flattened.

Israel’s defence minister Yoav Gallant reportedly walked out of a war council meeting last week.

He released his own plan for the “day after” in Gaza, which included providing weapons to “local figures tied with the PA”. 

Neither side in the split in the Israeli cabinet has the ability to implement its plan because the resistance of the Palestinian people will never stop.

New horrors for those trying to escape Rafah

Israel has forced some 800,000 people out of Rafah, in southern Gaza. Occupation forces continued to besiege the city this week.

It dropped bombs on residential buildings in the Tal al-Sultan neighbourhood, west of Rafah. And gunboats fired shells at Palestinians along the city’s coast line.

Many of the thousands forced to flee the city are now crammed into a camp in the town of al-Mawasi on the southern coast of Gaza.

“Life is unbearable,” said Mazen Abdel Dayem, a displaced Palestinian in the camp.

“There is no sewage network and no water—there is no one to provide water for us or the municipality to clean up the dumped garbage and the bombing sites. There is no life.”

Lack of water means disease spreads rapidly, with many people in the camp suffering from diarrhoea, skin rashes and hepatitis.

Sacha Myers, a spokesperson for Save the Children, said, “One of our doctors (in al-Mawasi) said he’d never ever seen so many cases of hepatitis in his whole career.”

Some Palestinians have fled to the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza.

On Monday, Israeli forces dropped a bomb on the camp, killing at least 27 people, including ten women and seven children.

Israel attacks one of Gaza’s last hospitals

Israeli tanks surrounded the al-Awda hospital in the northern city of Beit Lahiya on Monday.

Before occupying the area, Zionist forces bombed the hospital, preventing civilians and medical teams from entering or leaving.

Israeli forces also bulldozed areas around the hospital. The Doctors Without Borders group report that the hospital has run out of clean water.

Al-Awda is the only hospital in the Gaza Strip that still offers orthopaedic, gynaecological and obstetrics services.

The Israeli state bombed the hospital last year murdering three doctors. It reduced the hospital’s operational capacity by 50 percent.

Settlers backed by soldiers set West Bank fire

Israeli settlers and soldiers are together burning the Palestinian West Bank.

The settlers, supported by the Israeli soldiers, set fire to Palestinian land in the village of Yatma, located south of Nablus in the West Bank last Sunday.

Ahmed Sanobar, head of the Yatma Village Council, said that Palestinians fought off the settlers while soldiers threw tear gas and fired live ammunition.

On the same day settlers also attacked a truck carrying aid near the town of Beita, south of Nablus. 

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