Far-right minister urges Gallant’s removal over Gaza spat, suggests replacements

Sam Sokol is the Times of Israel's political correspondent. He was previously a reporter for the Jerusalem Post, Jewish Telegraphic Agency and Haaretz. He is the author of "Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews"

Heritage Minister Amichai Eliyahu speaks during the funeral of terror victim Matan Elmaliach at the Maale Adumim cemetery, February 22, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)
Heritage Minister Amichai Eliyahu speaks during the funeral of terror victim Matan Elmaliach at the Maale Adumim cemetery, February 22, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

Heritage Minister Amichai Eliyahu joins other far-right politicians in calling for the replacement of Defense Minister Yoav Gallant following a high-profile public spat with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday about Gaza’s future.

“If Gallant had respect for Israeli democracy, he would vacate his seat. [Likud’s Agriculture Minister Avi] Dichter or Brig. Gen. Ofer Winter can replace him. Gallant does not represent the will of the people,” Eliyahu tells Army Radio.

Dichter is a former chief of the Shin Bet security agency while Winter is a controversial senior IDF officer, popular among right-wing politicians, who is set to be demobilized after being left without a role for nearly two years.

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich and National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir — the latter of whom leads Eliyahu’s Otzma Yehudit party — called for Gallant’s ouster last night after he directly challenged the prime minister’s postwar thinking for the Gaza Strip in a televised address.

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