"A Leadership Failure"

Gantz: "Netanyahu's decision is a leadership failure"

Against the backdrop of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to absent himself from the annual memorial ceremony for Yitzhak Rabin, leader of the Machane HaMamlachti party, Benny Gantz, strongly criticized the Prime Minister. According to him, "Netanyahu must attend the ceremony"

(Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90)

Following Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's decision to be absent from the memorial ceremony for Yitzhak Rabin, leader of the Machane HaMamlachti Party, Benny Gantz, criticized the decision, calling it "a leadership failure."

Gantz: "Netanyahu must show up for the ceremony"

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced yesterday (Monday) to the organizers of the memorial ceremony for Yitzhak Rabin that he will not attend it. Netanyahu's claim is that the last time he was prime minister, the Rabin family used the occasion for political purposes. Since then, he has not attended.

Against the backdrop of this decision, Chairman of the Machane HaMamlachti party, Benny Gantz, strongly criticized Netanyahu's choice. According to him: "During my 38 years of service in the IDF, I knocked on the doors of hundreds of bereaved families. In the early years as a soldier and later as a general, these were soldiers who fell right by my side in battles. Feelings of guilt and responsibility never fade away."

On the doorstep, there were also families who accused, shouted, and slammed the door. But even when I knew in advance that this is the reception I would receive, I stood firm. I did it out of personal and moral duty, and as the Chief of Staff, it was also a national duty."

(Photo by Marc Israel Sellem/POOL)

Furthermore, he added: "Netanyahu's decision to absent himself from the official memorial ceremony for Yitzhak Rabin, may his memory be blessed, is not only anti-state, but it is a serious leadership failure. No matter how much criticism he may face, the Prime Minister of Israel must do the right thing, honor the memory of a slain Prime Minister, and attend the ceremony. If not out of personal duty, then on behalf of the State of Israel and all its citizens."


Do not send comments that include inflammatory words, defamation, and content that exceeds the limit of good taste.

Israel-Gaza War, International Cort of Justice

Liberman: UN institutions and the Hague have become terrorist collaborators

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman condemned the ICJ's ruling today, adding that it was a mistake to cooperate with the court in the first place due to its bias.

Avi Woolf | 24.05.24

Elections, Polls

New Poll: Labour in, Religious Zionism out

A new Lazar-Maariv poll shows relative stability among the parties over the past three months, with the coalition shrinking somewhat and the opposition bloc increasing slightly.

Avi Woolf | 24.05.24

Israel-Gaza War, Hostages

President Herzog: May the memory of Hanan, Orión, and Michel be blessed

President Herzog posted a message of condolences on X following the news that the bodies of three of the hostages had been extracted and brought to Israel.

Avi Woolf | 24.05.24

Israel-Gaza War, Hostages

PM Netanyahu: We have a national and moral duty to do everything we can to return the hostages - living and dead

The Prime Minister made this statement following the announcement of IDF Spokesperson Daniel Hagari that three bodies of hostages had been extracted from Gaza and returned to Israel.

Avi Woolf | 24.05.24

Israel-Gaza War, State Commission of Inquiry

Gantz to propose formation of State Commission of Inquiry for October 7

Gantz: "We must take responsibility and act, so that this never happens again."

Liran Vainshtain, JFeed Staff | 23.05.24

Politics, Elections

Netanyahu camp above 50 seats for second time in poll 

A new poll conducted for Kann by Kantar shows Netanyahu's camp at 52 and Gantz's camp at just 63, for the second time in two months.

Avi Woolf | 23.05.24

Israel-Gaza War

PM Netanyahu calls recognition of Palestinian state "a reward for terrorism"

In response to the decision of Ireland, Norway, and Spain to recognize a Palestinian state, Netanyahu issued a statement saying that such a state would lead to a repeat of October 7, and that "we will not consent to this."

Avi Woolf | 22.05.24

The Hague

Norway: If Netanyahu visits, we will be obliged to arrest him

Following the ICC's decision to impose an arrest warrant on Prime Minister Netanyahu, Norway's foreign minister announced: "We will be obliged to arrest him if he arrives."

JFeed Staff | 22.05.24

Israel-Gaza War

Netanyahu to CNN: We will not settle in Gaza, we have other plans

The Prime Minister went on CNN to publicly respond to the ICC's charges of deliberate "starvation" in Gaza, and shed some light on future plans for the "day after" in the Strip.

JFeed Staff | 22.05.24

Israel-Gaza War, Norway, Ireland, Spain

Smotrich to Netanyahu: To retaliate against states recognizing Palestine, you must do this

The Finance Minister appealed to the Prime Minister today demanding he take a number of immediate steps in retaliation for the decision by Norway, Ireland, and Spain to recognize a Palestinian state.

Avi Woolf | 22.05.24

Israel-Gaza War, Associated Press

Karhi reverses course: AP equipment to be returned

Following American pressure, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ordered the decision to confiscate AP equipment be reversed.

Avi Woolf | 21.05.24

Israel-Gaza War, International Criminal Court

American Ambassador Jack Lew: We question the legitimacy of the warrants

In an interview with Efi Triger, the American ambassador said he hoped the American response would have an effect on the judges in the Hague.

JFeed Staff | 21.05.24