Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Polaris of Enlightenment

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Polaris of Enlightenment

Israeli right-wing ministers threaten to dissolve government over US ceasefire proposal

The situation in Gaza

Published 3 June 2024
- By Editorial Staff
Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir.

If Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agrees to the US cease-fire proposal, National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir (Jewish Power) and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich (National Religious Party–Religious Zionism) will dissolve the government.

This is a promiscuous deal, which is a victory for terrorism and a security danger to the State of Israel. Agreeing to such a deal is not the absolute victory – but the absolute defeat. We will not allow the end of the war without the complete elimination of Hamas, the head of the Jewish Power party declared on X.

Finance Minister Smotrich, for his part, promises to resign if the war ends “without the elimination of Hamas”.

The three-phase agreement presented by US President Joe Biden includes an end to the fighting, the release of Israeli hostages and the withdrawal of the Israeli military. The bodies of those killed will also be returned and buried.

Netanyahu intends to continue invasion

The U.S. is urging Hamas to accept the new agreement and Benjamin Netanyahu to ignore pressure from right-wing Zionist members of the governing coalition who oppose any peace proposals.

Hamas says it “will respond positively to any proposal that includes a permanent ceasefire, a full withdrawal from Gaza, reconstruction efforts, the return of displaced persons and the conclusion of a comprehensive hostage exchange agreement”.

However, Benjamin Netanyahu’s staff says it intends to continue the invasion of Gaza until its war aims are achieved – including the “elimination” of Hamas.

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