Under the still immense and widespread shock in his country over the attacks carried out by Hamas and the clamor from broad sectors in favor of the unity of its leadership in one of the most traumatic moments in Israel’s history, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and centrist leader Benny Gantz, They have agreed to form an emergency government to confront the war with the jihadist group.
The pact of the two leaders, who joined in a coalition against the coronavirus crisis in 2020 and then divorced acrimoniously, involves the creation of the so-called “war management cabinet” which will be made up of the two together with the current Minister of Defense, Yoav Gallant.
The incorporation of the former Minister of Defense and head of the Israeli Army who leads a party in which another former head of the Tsáhal, Gadi Eizenkot, is also a member, aims to send “a message of firmness in difficult times for our people,” according to official sources. . What there is no doubt is that the new Government has much more experience in military issues.
The Government formed at the end of 2022 with the Likud, two ultra-Orthodox parties and two other ultra-nationalists will be joined by five ministers from Gantz’s faction, which in fact is the union of his centrist list (with some center-left politicians) and the conservative party of the former Likud Minister Gideon Saar.
However, it is worth remembering that the second most voted party in Israel led by the former prime minister and head of the opposition, the centrist Yair Lapidstays on the sidelines. In the joint statement, Netanyahu and Gantz agreed to reserve a position for him in the new command room.