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Israeli general resigns after regime’s war cabinet member steps down

Brigadier General Avi Rosenfeld, the commander of the Gaza Division of the Israeli Occupation Forces (file photo)

The commander of the Israeli military’s Gaza Division has resigned his post over failure to prevent a historic operation by the Gaza Strip-based Palestinian resistance groups early last October.

Brigadier General Avi Rosenfeld’s resignation came on Sunday after the regime’s centrist politician, Benny Gantz, stepped down as a member of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s war cabinet.

Rosenfeld submitted his resignation in a letter to the chief of staff of the Israeli Occupation Forces, saying he "failed" in his mission to protect the regime in the face of the Palestinian resistance’s Operation al-Aqsa Storm, which was carried out on October 7, 2023.

“I have decided to end my position as commander of the 143rd Division (the Gaza Division) … as part of my responsibility as a commander,” he wrote in his resignation letter.

The operation, which was carried out by Hamas and the Islamic Jihad resistance groups, came in response to the occupying regime’s intensified crimes against the Palestinian people and the total siege of the territory, which has cut off fuel, electricity, food, medicine and water to the more than two million Palestinians living there.

Following the operation, Israel launched a genocidal war against Gaza, which has so far claimed the lives of over 37,000 Palestinian civilians, while leaving 84,494 others injured.

The Israeli general’s resignation came after Gantz stepped down in a blow to Netanyahu’s war cabinet, while accusing the prime minister of mismanaging the war in Gaza.

His resignation will make the Israeli premier more reliant on far-right allies who oppose the latest Gaza ceasefire plan proposed by the United States.

Rosenfeld is the second senior Israeli officer to resign over the October 7 operation, after the chief of the military intelligence directorate announced he was quitting in late April.

“After more than six months, and at the same time as the investigations begin, I would like to resign from my position,” Major General Aharon Haliva wrote in his resignation letter.

“The intelligence division under my command did not live up to the task assigned to it,” he added.

Two more Israeli ministers resign

The latest reports coming out of the occupied territories indicate that following in the footsteps of Gantz, two more members of the Israeli cabinet have resigned their posts.

According to those reports, Gadi Eisenkot, a former chief of staff of Israeli forces and a current minister, has announced his resignation from the war cabinet.

He said in his resignation letter, “Despite the efforts of me and my colleagues, the war cabinet has, for a long time, refrained from making the decisions required to achieve the [Gaza] war’s goals.”

Another Israeli minister, Yehiel Moshe Tropper, from the State Camp party, has also submitted his resignation after Gantz and Eisenkot stepped down.

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