Israelis Marvel, Celebrate Weekend Hostage Rescue as Gantz Quits Netanyahu Coalition

Updated: June 10, 2024 at 6:16 am EST  See Comments

JERUSALEM, Israel – National Unity Party leader Benny Gantz, a member of Israel’s War Cabinet, announced his decision to leave the government and called on Sunday for new elections.

The announcement followed one of the most daring hostage rescues in Israel’s history.

In an operation planned for months, forces from the military, the police, and the Shin Bet internal security service rescued four hostages Saturday from central Gaza who were kidnapped by Hamas on October 7th. 

The family reunions brought joy and a glimmer of hope to Israelis rarely experienced in the past eight months.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with the hostages and their families. Some say it is the nation’s biggest rescue since the raid on the Entebbe Airport in Uganda to free Israeli hostages in 1976.

Amid the joy was also heartache as one of the mission’s commanders the Yaman unit’s Arnon Zamora, died after being critically wounded in the battle. The successful rescue was renamed Operation Arnon in his honor, and thousands mourned for him at his funeral Sunday, including his wife and two children.

Just one day after the operation, Gantz announced his decision to leave the coalition. He called on the government to accept the Biden peace plan and for

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