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Reports: Gantz’s party members urging him to quit the government since PM in ‘campaign’

Minister Benny Gantz holds a press conference in Tel Aviv, October 26, 2023. (Courtesy)
Minister Benny Gantz holds a press conference in Tel Aviv, October 26, 2023. (Courtesy)

Some members of war cabinet minister Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White faction within the National Unity party urged Gantz today to bolt the emergency government which the party joined after the war against Hamas began, multiple Hebrew media outlets report.

During a faction meeting today, Blue and White MKs Michael Biton and Orit Farkash-Hacohen made the demand, arguing that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is already in the midst of a political campaign.

However, MK Ze’ev Elkin of the party’s second faction, the right-wing New Hope, said it would be a mistake to leave.

Gantz himself rejected the demand, according to the reports, saying: “I’m not making political considerations, I do what’s good for Israel. I don’t get up and leave when it’s not good for the state, and, anyway, when you do what’s right for Israel, the nation supports you politically.”

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