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Centrist Benny Gantz is quitting Israel’s war Cabinet, citing frustrations with Netanyahu

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Benny Gantz, a centrist member of Israel’s three-man war Cabinet, announced his resignation on Sunday.

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Benny Gantz, a centrist member of Israel’s three-man war Cabinet, announced his resignation on Sunday.

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Benny Gantz, a centrist member of Israel’s three-man war Cabinet, announced his resignation Sunday, accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of mismanaging the war effort and putting his own “political survival” over the country’s security needs.

The move does not immediately pose a threat to Netanyahu, who still controls a majority coalition in parliament. But the Israeli leader becomes more heavily reliant on far-right allies who oppose the latest U.S.-backed cease-fire proposal and want to press ahead with the war.

“Unfortunately, Netanyahu is preventing us from achieving true victory, which is the justification for the painful and ongoing price,” Gantz said. He added that Netanyahu was “making empty promises,” and the country needs to take a different direction as he expects the fighting to continue for years to come.

The popular former military chief joined Netanyahu’s government shortly after the Hamas attack in a show of unity. His presence also boosted Israel’s credibility with its international partners. Gantz has good working relations with U.S. officials.

Gantz had previously said he would leave the government by June 8 if Netanyahu did not formulate a new plan for postwar Gaza.

He scrapped a planned news conference Saturday night after four Israelihostages were dramatically rescued from Gaza earlier in the day in Israel’s largest such operation since the eight-month war began. At least 274 Palestinians, including children, were killed in the assault, Gaza health officials said.

Gantz called for Israel to hold elections in the fall, and encouraged the third member of the war Cabinet, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, to “do the right thing” and resign from the government as well. Gallant has previously said he would resign if Israel chose to reoccupy Gaza, and encouraged the government to make plans for a Palestinian administration.

On Saturday, Netanyahu had urged Gantz not to leave the emergency wartime government.

“This is the time for unity, not for division,” he said, in a direct plea to Gantz.

Gantz’s decision to leave is largely “a symbolic move” due to his frustration with Netanyahu, said Gideon Rahat, chairman of the political science department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He noted it could further increase Netanyahu’s reliance on extremist, right-wing members of his government, led by National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich.

“I think the outside world, especially the United States, is not very happy about it, because they see Gantz and his party as the more responsible people within this government,” Rahat said.

On Sunday evening, Ben-Gvir demanded a spot in the war Cabinet, saying Gantz and the smaller Cabinet had bungled the war effort due to “dangerous” ideological decisions.

Hamas took some 250 hostages during the Oct. 7 attack that killed about 1,200 people. About half were released in a weeklong cease-fire in November. About 120 hostages remain, with 43 pronounced dead. At least 36,700 Palestinians have been killed in the fighting, according to Gaza’s HealthMinistry, which does not distinguish between fighters and civilians.


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Pope Francis appeals for urgent humanitarian aid for Gaza and backs cease-fire proposals – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Pope Francis: Money, power, pleasure can enslave us – Catholic News Agency

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Body believed to be missing TV doctor Michael Mosley found in Greece

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A body believed to be the missing British doctor and TV presenter Michael Mosley was found on the Greek island of Symi, police said.


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The fallacy of the ‘wrong side of history’ narrative – Al Jazeera English

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Body found on Greek island believed to be of missing TV host Michael Mosley – Al Jazeera English

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King Charles would be ‘delighted’ to have Princess Kate join royal celebrations as birthday parade looms

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King Charles would be “delighted” to have Princess Kate join the royal celebrations, according to a PR expert, as the monarch’s birthday parade looms.

The Princess of Wales, who began a course of preventative chemotherapy earlier this year, has not yet confirmed her attendance at this year’s Trooping the Colour ceremony.

Last month, Kensington Palace issued a rare update about Kate ahead of Trooping the Colour.

The princess, 42, will not attend the traditional rehearsal for the parade on June 8, officials confirmed in a rare update as she continues her cancer treatment.

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However, Kate’s appearance at the official Trooping the Colour ceremony on June 15 continues to hang in the balance.

If she does appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony, this would inevitably take the attention away from King Charles, as it would mark Kate’s first official sighting in public in 2024.

Rhea Freeman, a multi-award-winning PR adviser, spoke exclusively to GB News, claiming King Charles would be happy to have Kate join the Royal Family on the balcony.

She said: “If Kate were to appear on the balcony it would definitely dominate the news.

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“But from everything I’ve read and seen, I would imagine that the King would be delighted to have her there.

“It would reinforce the strength of the monarchy moving forward, something that has been questioned by some with both the King and Kate’s recent health concerns.”

Since announcing her cancer diagnosis earlier this year, Kate has stepped away from public duties as she recuperates in private.

This has meant the Princess of Wales has not performed any official duties so far in 2024.

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King Charles, who was also diagnosed with a form of cancer earlier this year, initially stepped back from public duties.

However, the monarch has started to perform royal engagements again, even travelling to France on June 6 to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

It was confirmed last month that the King will attend Trooping the Colour on June 15.

However, he will sit in a horse-drawn carriage beside Queen Camilla, as opposed to riding on horseback.


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Iran approves six candidates to run for president – Reuters

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