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Rifts Emerge Among Top Israeli Officials Over Gaza War Strategy

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Jan 19, 2024

Ceasefire Deal Sought to Secure Release of Captives

Tensions are rising within Israel’s political and military leadership over disagreements on how to proceed with the current conflict in Gaza, now entering its fourth month. While Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant push for continued military action to defeat Hamas, other officials like former IDF Chief Gadi Eisenkot argue a ceasefire deal is needed to secure the release of two Israeli captives held in Gaza and prevent further loss of life.

According to member of Netanyahu’s security cabinet, Minister Ze’ev Elkin, “only a cease-fire deal can win [the] hostages release.” Eisenkot agreed, asserting “there will be no Entebbe-like operation” to rescue the hostages by force. However, Gallant insists “Israel’s future depends on [the] war’s outcome” and favors more aggressive action.

Netanyahu Accused of Derailing Earlier Hostage Deal

Netanyahu has come under criticism this week for unilaterally toughening Israel’s position on an emerging hostage deal last week, angering other officials who felt significant progress was being made.

According to reports, Egypt had brokered an agreement where Hamas would exchange information on the captives, Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul who have been held for over 5 years, for Israel easing border restrictions and prisoner releases. However, Netanyahu secretly backtracked on concessions around prisoner releases and easing import/export restrictions, causing the deal to collapse.

Eisenkot slammed Netanyahu’s actions, stating “those talking about absolute defeat of Hamas aren’t telling truth.” Other officials like Gantz argued Netanyahu “frittered away” a critical opportunity to secure the release of Goldin and Shaul, keeping the conflict alive.

Cabinet Remains Divided on Path Forward

While Netanyahu and Gallant push for more aggressive military action, it remains unclear if other cabinet members will support this. Some analysts say Netanyahu may lack the votes and political capital to move forward unilaterally given Eisenkot’s public break with the Prime Minister’s narrative this week.

“Israelis and their leaders refuse to pay the price of a hostage deal,” wrote one commentator, highlighting the tensions around concessions needed to secure a ceasefire.

Eisenkot warned that without a ceasefire and political solution soon, erosion of international support for Israel will happen: “Elections [are] necessary within months to renew public trust.”

Gaza Death Toll Continues Rising

Lost within the political tensions is the untenable human cost of the conflict. The death toll in Gaza continues rising with over 5,000 Palestinians killed so far, including many woman and children.

Over 2,200 rockets have hit Israel from Gaza during this period, killing 53 Israeli civilians and injuring over 1,500. The economic impact is also severe, with an estimated $50 billion shekel loss for Israel so far.

While divisions exist on its leadership, most Israelis agree “enough is enough” and favor an end to the bloodshed. However, with Netanyahu clinging to power and deadlocked with Eisenkot on the path forward, the light at the end of the tunnel sadly remains dim.

Supporting Information

Timeline of Key Events

Date Event
Jan 2023 Conflict reignites after clashes in West Bank
March 2023 Israel launches major Gaza ground offensive
June 2023 Hamas fires 500+ rockets into Israel in one day
Sept 2023 Netanyahu elected to 6th overall term as Prime Minister
Jan 18, 2024 Eisenkot publicly breaks with Netanyahu over war strategy

Key Figures

Figure Role Position
Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister Seeks military defeat of Hamas
Gadi Eisenkot Former IDF Chief Calls for ceasefire and political solution
Yoav Gallant Defense Minister Supports Netanyahu’s hawkish position
Benny Gantz Member of Security Cabinet Recently aligned with Eisenkot

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