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Gantz: Netanyahu surrendered to Palestine resistance

Benny Gantz, former Israeli military chief of staff, and presidential candidate, speaks during an electoral campaign gathering on 19 February 2019, in Tel Aviv [JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images]
Benny Gantz, leader of Israel’s largest opposition party Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) in Tel Aviv on 19 February 2019 [JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images]

Head of Israel’s opposition Blue and White Alliance Benny Gantz yesterday criticised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following the agreement of a ceasefire with Gaza, saying he surrendered to the Palestinian resistance, local media reported.

“Nearly 700 projectiles were launched at Israeli territory, four were killed and many are wounded,” the former Israeli army chief of staff wrote on Twitter.

“All of this is the result of losing our deterrence, and it’s ending with another surrender to blackmail from Hamas and other terrorist groups,” he added.

He said that Netanyahu’s treatment with the issue would “once again, lead us to the next confrontation.”

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On Sunday, the Times of Israel reported Gantz saying that Tel Aviv must respond to the latest barrage of rockets from Gaza with “uncompromising force” in order to “restore the deterrence that has been eroded catastrophically for more than a year.”

Over the weekend, Israel hit the Gaza Strike numerous time killing 26 Palestinians including two babies, two expectant mothers and a minor.

During his time as chief of staff, Gantz oversaw Israel’s 2014 bombing of the Gaza Strip which killed more than 2,200 people and left tens of thousands homeless.

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