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Israel’s Netanyahu, Gantz reach deal to form emergency government

On the fifth day of the war with Hamas, the prime minister and the National Unity Party head agreed to form an emergency coalition.
Netanyahu Gantz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and head of the National Unity party Benny Gantz have reached an agreement to form an emergency government on Wednesday as the war against Hamas enters its fifth day and a Gaza invasion looms.

Gantz will join the Netanyahu-led government and be part of a war cabinet, a small forum of ministers tasked with shaping Israel’s strategy in the battle against Hamas, Israeli news outlets reported. 

Gantz, a former defense minister and military chief of staff, will take part in the war cabinet alongside Netanyahu and current Defense Minister Yoav Gallant.

Former IDF Gen. Gadi Eisenkot and Minister for Strategic Affairs Ron Dermer will serve as observers in the war cabinet. Three other members of Gantz’s party will serve as ministers without portfolio.  

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