PM to convene security cabinet tomorrow amid criticism over Gaza fuel transfers

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

File: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads a weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on September 27, 2023. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)
File: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads a weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on September 27, 2023. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

The security cabinet will convene Saturday evening, the Prime Minister’s Office says, amid furry from some of his hardline ministers over the smaller war cabinet’s decision to approve the transfer of two trucks per day of fuel into Gaza.

The move was made amid US pressure, as the lack of fuel in the Strip has all but ground humanitarian operations to a halt, further risking the spread of mass disease and famine. The US and even Israel have maintained that allowing aid in the country expands Jerusalem’s diplomatic maneuverability to continue its military operations in Gaza.

But Israel has also argued against allowing humanitarian aid, so long as Hamas and other terror groups continue to hold on to roughly 240 hostages.

Far-right ministers Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben Gvir blasted the war cabinet’s decision regarding fuel and the former minister wrote to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanding that every party in the coalition receive a representative on the five-member war cabinet.

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