Former Israeli intelligence chief: There is no chance of victory under an extremist and illegitimate government

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Amos Yadlin, former head of the IDF’s intelligence division, said there was no chance of victory under an extremist and illegitimate government.

This came in a post by Yadlin on X on Sunday evening, in response to the decision of the leader of the National Unity Party, Benny Gantz, to withdraw from the war cabinet.

“It’s clear that the decision-making cycle in the Israeli government is flawed and tainted by external, political and personal considerations,” Yadlin said.

“Under an extremist government that lacks legitimacy, there is no chance of victory of any kind, and there is serious risks of deepening and expanding the war”.

Regarding Gantz’s resignation, Yadlin said, “About 8 months ago, Gantz put aside all other considerations and joined the government to stabilize security?? in Israel at a critical moment when the country has lost its security balance”.

“Israeli national security is behind Gantz’s decision to resign from the government, and Gantz can no longer continue to be a partner in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s moves that have put Israel in a serious security predicament,” he said.

“Gantz, who failed to influence Netanyahu from within, may have come to the conclusion that the only way to do this is from the outside,” Yadlin said.

Regarding the possible prisoner exchange deal with Hamas, and Yadlin called for pressure on Netanyahu to take this step, which isn’t only about the higher moral order, but also a basic strategic step, and going towards the hostage deal is necessary even if it means stopping the fighting in Gaza.

“This is the shortest way to stop the creeping escalation in the north with Lebanon, which could spiral out of control and push Israel to war at the wrong time,” he said.

“Gantz’s call to investigate the failures and hold elections as soon as possible leads to a genuine unity government that promotes Israel’s national interests,” he said.

Yadlin was the head of the IDF’s intelligence division Aman from 2006 to 2010.

On Sunday evening, Israeli War Cabinet ministers Benny Gantz and Gadi Eisenkot announced their resignation from Benjamin Netanyahu’s emergency government.

Gantz and Eisenkot, partners in the National Unity Party (12 out of 120 Knesset members), accused Netanyahu of pursuing policies that serve his own political interests, while calling for early elections as soon as possible.

They also accused him of failing to achieve the stated goals of the war that has been going on for more than eight months, especially the elimination of Hamas and the return of prisoners from the Strip.

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