‘Something went wrong’: Gantz slams lack of key decision making; says minority sailing Israel into the rocks

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

There is something deeply broken in the way Israel’s leaders are managing the war, cabinet minister Benny Gantz says in a televised statement.

He says that when his National Party joined the emergency coalition, days after the October 7 Hamas massacre in southern Israel, initially there was coherent leadership and mistakes were avoided.

But “recently, something went wrong,” he says, after praising the unity that allowed the IDF to achieve successes on the battlefield and to bring more than 100 hostages home. “Crucial decisions were not made. The acts of leadership needed to guarantee victory were not made.”

“A small minority took over the bridge of the Israeli ship, and is sailing it toward a wall of rocks,” Gantz charges.

Gantz’s National Unity party joined Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition days after the October 7 attack, and has been under pressure to bolt the government.

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