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Israel’s Wartime Government Just Collapsed. Does It Matter?

Israel’s Wartime Government Just Collapsed. Does It Matter?

The political math favors Netanyahu, with or without Benny Gantz.

By Yair Rosenberg, The Atlantic

On Sunday evening, Israel’s government was hit with its biggest internal shock since October 7. Benny Gantz, a centrist opposition leader, announced his party’s departure from the country’s emergency war government. In a prime-time speech to the Israeli public, the former general rapped Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for putting his personal interest ahead of the national interest, saying that “fateful strategic decisions are met with hesitation and procrastination due to political considerations.” Gantz’s move made news around the world, as many observers asked if it heralded the beginning of the end of Netanyahu’s rule. But there is less to this drama than the headlines suggest.

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