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FILE PHOTO: 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

Gantz effectively abandons Bibi

Benny Gantz, an Israeli war cabinet member and political rival of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Wednesday called for early elections in September. This is the first time Gantz, leader of the National Unity Party and a former defense minister, has pushed for this since the Hamas attacks on Oct. 7, 2023, and it’s a major rebuke of Netanyahu.

Gantz, who joined an emergency unity government with Netanyahu after the attacks, says a September election is necessary to “prevent the rift in the nation” and “it will also allow the citizens of Israel to know that we will soon renew the trust between us."

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