Gantz’s Resignation Spells Trouble for Netanyahu: Expert Analysis on Political Fallout

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Dov Waxman, a professor specializing in Israel studies at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), recently discussed the repercussions of Benny Gantz’s exit from the Israeli government with Al Jazeera.

Waxman highlighted that Gantz’s party, the National Unity Party, was not originally part of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s governing coalition. However, Gantz’s decision to join the coalition provided it with a level of domestic legitimacy. With Gantz’s resignation, pressure on Netanyahu is anticipated to rise both domestically and internationally.

The professor noted that the government, already unpopular before October 7, gained stability through Gantz’s participation and the legitimacy it conferred. Without Gantz and his allies, this legitimacy is at risk, potentially prompting calls for early elections, although Netanyahu is unlikely to agree due to fear of losing based on current polls.

Internationally, Gantz was perceived as a moderate influence, providing a sense of balance in discussions. Without him, Netanyahu could face heightened scrutiny from the Biden administration and increased international pressure, as Gantz was seen as an important figure in tempering Netanyahu’s approach.

The absence of Gantz from the government may leave Netanyahu more exposed to criticism and pressure on various fronts. His determination, along with coalition partners, to retain power despite challenges may intensify as international scrutiny increases following Gantz’s departure.

Overall, Gantz’s exit from the government is expected to have far-reaching implications, placing Netanyahu in a more vulnerable position both domestically and on the global stage. The dynamics within the Israeli government are likely to shift in the absence of Gantz’s moderating presence.