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Netanyahu cancels the dismissal of the Minister of Defense to deal with the escalation of tension


Two weeks after the announcement of the dismissal of Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, Benjamin Netanyahu changed his mind and decided to return his portfolio. The prime minister admitted that “there were disagreements between us, some very important on certain issues, but I decided to forget them. Galant will remain in his position and continue to work hard on behalf of the State of Israel.”

There was no apology, nor the slightest bit of self-criticism. Gallant lost his portfolio to call on Netanyahu to suspend judicial reform, and after announcing his dismissal, Israel witnessed one of The largest protests in its history. Internal instability was exacerbated by problems stemming from police brutality at Al-Aqsa Mosque, which led to a reaction from Palestinian factions in Gaza, Lebanon and Syria. For the first time since 2006, Israel received 34 missiles from Lebanese territory and soon after another 6 were launched from Syria, setting off all alarms on the country’s northern border. If that wasn’t enough, lone wolf actions have claimed four lives, three in occupied territory after a car shooting in a settlement and one in Tel Aviv, an Italian tourist who was hit by a car.

And throughout this escalation in tension, Gallant remained in office despite the dismissal announced by Netanyahu. “We have worked together around the clock on all fronts against security challenges,” the Likud leader emphasized. The Minister of Justice wanted to settle any kind of controversy and posted a photo with the prime minister on social media and wrote a message that read: “We continue with all our forces for the security of Israel.”

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Criticism of the opposition

In office, Netanyahu emphasized Gallant in a televised address to the nation in which he blamed the opposition for the deteriorating security situation. “When you declare that the State of Israel is collapsing, how do you think our enemies explain this? Our enemies see this, they hear this… they think that They can overwhelm us with terror combined from Lebanon, Syria and Gaza,” the prime minister said, referring to his predecessor, Yair Lapid.

For the first time since 2006, Israel received 34 missiles from Lebanese territory

Lapid responded, “The time has come for Netanyahu and his ministers to stop complaining and finally take responsibility. Enough blaming someone else for the problems caused by his extremist and failed government.”

The government has strong domestic opposition over its plan to reform and bring justice under its control and, according to recent polls, if new elections are held in Israel. Netanyahu bloc It will drop to 46 seats, thus losing its majority in parliament.

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