The Israeli War Cabinet minister resigned one day after the hostage rescue

The Hill

As Israel celebrated the hostage rescue, the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was shaken by the resignation of War Cabinet minister Benny Gantz, adding instability to Netanyahu’s already fragile ruling coalition.
Abu Obaida, spokesman for the Hamas Al-Qassam Brigades military wing, called Saturday’s raid a “complex war crime.”
He said three hostages were killed in the attack, including one holding a U.S. passport, a claim Israeli military spokesperson Peter Lerner said should be taken “with a pinch of salt.”
The Israeli operation Saturday involved hundreds of troops and heavy air support that pounded the Nuseirat refugee camp.
Centrist Gantz drops out of Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition Gantz, a popular former military leader, called on Netanyahu to set an autumn election date.
Netanyahu coalition clings to majority The exit of Gantz and the National Unity party he leads reduces the coalition government by eight seats.
Israel said Arnon was the only Israeli soldier killed, in an exchange of gunfire with militants.
With Israel military operations now focused on Rafah, many Palestinians are heading back toward their destroyed communities, the agency said.


Editor’s Note: The news for Sunday, June 9, regarding the Israel-Hamas war is summarized on this page. To stay up to date, check out our story from Monday, June 10.

More than 200 people were killed in the raid, which released four Israeli hostages and was hailed as heroic in Israel but characterized as a massacre throughout most of the Middle East, according to Hamas officials on Sunday. The raid also freed militantly held Israeli hostages.

As Israel rejoiced over the hostage rescue, War Cabinet Minister Benny Gantz resigned, rocking Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s already precarious ruling coalition.

The military wing of Hamas Al-Qassam Brigades spokesperson, Abu Obaida, described the raid on Saturday as a “complex war crime.”. He said that the attack claimed the lives of three hostages, one of whom was carrying a U.S. s. passport, a statement issued by the Israeli military’s spokesperson Peter Lerner advised treating “with a pinch of salt.”. “.

According to Obaida, “the enemy killed some of his prisoners and freed others by carrying out horrifying massacres.”. “The remaining hostages will be in grave danger as a result of the operation, which will also negatively affect their living circumstances. ****.

Hundreds of soldiers and intense air support bombarded the Nuseirat refugee camp on Saturday as part of an Israeli operation. Israeli officials said that 25-year-old Noa Argamani, 21-year-old Almog Meir Jan, 27-year-old Andrey Kozlov, and 40-year-old Shlomi Ziv were in good health and were being reunited with their families. According to Lerner, they were hosted “in civilian residences, placing them in the civilian sphere. “.

Jordan and Egypt, two nearby countries, denounced the Israeli attack as a breach of international law and voiced their outrage. The “massacre” was denounced by Lebanon’s foreign ministry. The Gulf Cooperation Council secretary-general, Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi, described the attack as “a heinous and terrorist crime that targeted defenseless innocents with brutality.”. “.

In a social media post on Sunday, however, Netanyahu expressed his continued happiness, writing, “Happy is the people that is blessed with its heroes.”. Together, we will keep working tirelessly to free all the hostages and defeat our adversaries. ****.

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∏ Netanyahu suggested that the rescue mission be called Operation Arnon, after the assault force commander who was killed in the process and referred to as the “hero of Israel Arnon Zamora.”.

57 of the deceased were women, and sixty-four were children, according to the Gaza government media office, which is run by Hamas, on Sunday.

Lawmaker Danny Danon will once more represent Israel as its ambassador to the UN, according to a statement from Netanyahu’s office. A week ago, Ambassador Gilad Erdan announced his resignation following a four-year tenure; Danon held the position for five years prior to Erdan.

Gantz, a centrist, leaves Netanyahu’s right-wing alliance.

Netanyahu was urged to schedule elections for the fall by well-liked former military commander Gantz. Netanyahu had urged him on social media a few hours prior to Gantz’s resignation to “not leave the emergency government.”. Continue to strive for unity. While Netanyahu’s conservative coalition loses one centrist member, the action does not topple the government. Itamar Ben-Gvir, the far-right minister of national security, asked for Gantz’s Cabinet position.

Leader of the opposition, Yair Lapid, referred to Gantz’s choice as “appropriate and significant.”. “A rational government that will ensure the release of the hostages, revive Israel’s economy, and improve Israel’s reputation abroad” should take the place of the “extreme and promiscuous government,” he demanded.

At a press conference, Gantz stated, “Netanyahu is preventing us from advancing toward true victory.”. “For this reason, we firmly but sadly declare today’s end to the emergency government.”. ****.

The Netanyahu alliance holds onto power.

Gantz’s departure and that of his National Unity party mean eight fewer seats in the coalition government. The five conservative parties that are still in power in the 120-member Knesset are ultra-Orthodox Shas and United Torah Judaism, far-right Religious Zionism and Otzma Yehudit, and Netanyahu’s Likud.

But Gantz gave the United States a moderate voice in Netanyahu’s administration. s. and other countries, as Israel was accused of war crimes on a worldwide scale due to the tens of thousands of civilian deaths connected to Israel’s military campaign.

In the hostage raid, the number of Palestinian deaths rises.

274 Palestinians were killed in the raid, according to the Gaza Health Ministry on Sunday, up from 210 on Saturday. According to the Gaza government media office, which is run by Hamas, at least 64 of the deceased were children and 57 were women. There were 698 more casualties. Israel claimed that during a gunfight with militants, Arnon was the only Israeli soldier slain.

Israeli special agents pretended to be refugees from Rafah.

Per the Times of Israel’s translation of a report by the Saudi-owned Asharq news channel, some special forces entered the Nuseirat refugee camp in a car with mattresses on top while pretending to be Palestinians escaping Rafah. They claimed to the locals that they were fleeing the Israeli attack on Rafah and that they would be lodging in a building next to a market, which was also the location of Argamani’s imprisonment. Another nearby building housed the other liberated hostages.

Repeatedly calling for a cease-fire, Biden and Macron applaud the rescue.

As refugees flee once more, Rafah shelters are empty.

As per the U.S., just approximately 100,000 out of the over 1 million inhabitants and refugees who took over Rafah one month ago are still alive. N. UNRWA is the agency for Palestinian refugees. Palestinians had taken refuge in Rafah, on Gaza’s southern border with Egypt, after Israeli attacks destroyed much of the region’s central and northern areas. Many Palestinians are returning to their destroyed communities as Israel’s military operations center on Rafah, according to the agency.

“All UNRWA shelters in Rafah have been cleared out. In an attempt to find safety, many Rafah residents have fled up the coast to Khan Younis and the central region of Gaza, according to a statement from UNRWA.

Reporting: Reuters.

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