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Benny Gantz, leader of Blue and White party, speaks during an election campaign rally in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, Israel, February 25, 2020.

REUTERS/Corinna Kern

Is Israel’s government about to fall apart?

National Unity Chair Benny Gantz, a key figure in Israel’s war cabinet and major rival for the premiership, has threatened to resign if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not deliver a post-war plan for the conflict in Gaza by June 8.

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The sun sets over Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, as seen from the border with Gaza in southern Israel April 7, 2024.

REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Six months of war, no sign of peace

Sunday marked six months of war between Israel and Hamas, and some observers fear the conflict has become intractable. Hamas is still believed to hold over 130 Israeli hostages from its Oct. 7 assault that killed 1,200, while Israel’s offensive in Gaza has killed over 33,000 Palestinians and injured 75,000. Nearly half of Gaza’s buildings have been destroyed, and 1.9 million of its residents have been displaced, leaving them at risk of disease and starvation. But is the war any closer to ending?

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