Israel cabinet authorizes Netanyahu, Gallant to act against Palestinian fighters

Middle East Monitor  /  August 23, 2023

Israel’s security cabinet yesterday authorized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Defence Minister Yoav Gallant to target the leaders of the Palestinian resistance.

Netanyahu’s office said that the cabinet agreed on a set of measures during its meeting which was called for by National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir after several Palestinian resistance counterattacks.

The Jerusalem Post reported Netanyahu’s Office saying the security cabinet supports the Israeli occupation forces and other members of Israel’s security apparatus in safeguarding the citizens of Israel and in the fight against “terrorists”.

“The cabinet supports the commanders and soldiers of the IDF and the members of the security forces in their activities against terrorist elements for the security of the citizens of Israel,” a statement by the PMO said.


Israel: Ben-Gvir seeks to end Defence minister’s ‘soft’ policy against Palestinians 

Middle East Monitor  /  August 22, 2023

Israeli website Kippah reported yesterday that National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir called for bringing forward the cabinet session scheduled for 10 September, arguing that there is an urgent need to put an end to Defence Minister Yoav Gallant’s “soft” policy.

“It is time to put an end to Galant’s soft policy,” Ben-Gvir said, referring to the current security challenges.

He called for a series of strict measures, including setting up checkpoints and carrying out targeted assassinations, as well as revoking work permits and imposing closures on Palestinian cities.