O His announcement today worsens the division within the Israeli leadership, more than seven months after the start of a war in which the declared objectives of dismantling the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and the release of more than a hundred hostages have not yet been achieved kidnapped in their October 7 attack on Israeli territory.

Gantz presented a six-point plan that includes returning hostages home, ending Hamas rule in the Gaza Strip, demilitarization of that Palestinian territory and the creation of an international civil affairs administration. The plan also advocates that efforts be made to normalize Israel’s relations with Saudi Arabia.

If his proposal is not adopted by June 8, he says he will leave the Israeli executive.

A centrist politician and longtime political adversary of Netanyahu, Benny Gantz joined his coalition government and war cabinet in the early days of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.

His departure would leave Netanyahu even more dependent on his far-right allies, who have taken a hard line in negotiations over the ceasefire and hostage release and believe that Israel should occupy Gaza and rebuild Jewish settlements there.

On October 7 last year, Israel declared a war in the Gaza Strip to “eradicate” the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas after it, hours earlier, carried out an attack of unprecedented proportions on Israeli territory, killing more than 1,170 people in majority civilians.

The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) — in power in Gaza since 2007 and classified as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union and Israel — also took 252 hostages, 124 of whom remain in captivity and 37 have died in the meantime, according to the latest assessment of the Israeli Army.

The war, which today entered its 225th day and continues to threaten to spread throughout the entire Middle East region, has so far left 35,386 people dead in the Gaza Strip, more than 79,000 injured and around 10,000 missing, presumably buried in the rubble, in mostly civilians, according to updated figures from local authorities.

The conflict has also caused nearly two million people to be displaced, plunging the overpopulated and poor Palestinian enclave into a serious humanitarian crisis, with more than 1.1 million people in a “situation of catastrophic hunger” that is claiming victims – “the highest number ever recorded” by the UN in studies on food security in the world.

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