Jerusalem24 – Disagreements emerged within the Israeli government coalition over Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s decision to close Palestinian civil institutions under the pretext of “terrorism”, caused disputes with the US administration.
Attitudes within the Israeli government varied regarding government measures and decisions related to the Palestinian file. Differences emerged regarding the expansion of the settlement project in the West Bank, the closure of the six Palestinian institutions, and the position on the opening of the US Consulate in occupied Jerusalem.
According to statements issued by some Knesset members from some of the parties participating in the coalition, such differences and any Israeli steps regarding settlement expansion would contribute to the dismantling of the government coalition.
MK Yair Golan of the Meretz party, who holds the position of Deputy Minister of Economy and Industry, said that unilateral decisions on the issue of settlements threaten the stability of the government coalition.
The Israeli daily newspaper, “Israel Hayom” reported that there are accusations within the government of Naftali Bennett. The accusations are due to the dispute with the US administration headed by Joe Biden, after Defense Minister Gantz’s decision to classify 6 Palestinian human rights organizations as “terrorists.”
According to the newspaper, Gantz was criticized by figures from within the government coalition, after the US administration announced that it had not been informed of the decision to ban the six Palestinian associations.
The newspaper claimed that Gantz made the decision in a twisted manner, as the Defense Ministry did not prepare seriously to properly manage the file, and quoted a government official as saying, “If the decision was taken in coordination and in a thoughtful manner, disputes with the American administration would have been avoided.