National Unity MKs: Gantz’s June 8 deadline may be moved up if no change in PM’s policy

War cabinet minister Benny Gantz holds a press conference in Ramat Gan, May 18, 2024, at which he delivered an ultimatum to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
War cabinet minister Benny Gantz holds a press conference in Ramat Gan, May 18, 2024, at which he delivered an ultimatum to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

National Unity MKs Matan Kahana and Pnina Tamano-Shata say party leader Benny Gantz’s June 8 deadline in his ultimatum for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to lay out an agreed-upon vision for a postwar Gaza is not a date that is set in stone.

“If we understand even before [June 8] that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is determined, as usual, to not make decisions on critical issues, we will not wait until then,” Kahana tells the Ynet news site

“The prime minister has refrained from making decisions for reasons of political survival. This must stop,” he says.

Tamano-Shata tells the outlet: “If we do not see significant moves by the prime minister for an in-depth discussion of a strategic plan, as Gantz demanded, and there is no seriousness in changing the policy, the date he stated is not set in stone.”

Last night, Gantz demanded Netanyahu present his plan for Gaza, including stipulating who might rule the territory after Hamas’s defeat, warning that he would bolt the coalition should this not happen. The war cabinet minister said he believed that the war triggered by the Hamas-led October 7 massacre had been drifting off course in recent months due to the cowardice of some of Israel’s leaders.

Most Popular