The Likud Party has responded to the Machane Mamlachti party's decision to submit a bill to dissolve the 25th Knesset.

"In the midst of hostilities, Israel needs unity, not division," said an official Likud statement. "The collapse of the national unity government is the best gift for Sinwar. It bows to international pressure and deals a mortal blow to efforts to free the hostages."

Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir also commented on Machane Mamlachti's decision. In his X-blog, Ben Gvir wrote, "He submits a bill to dissolve the Knesset but remains in the government. Gantz's decisions always seem inconsistent."

Earlier on Thursday, the head of the Machane Mamlachti parliamentary faction, Knesset member Pnina Tamano-Shata, submitted a bill to dissolve the 25th Knesset. This move aligns with the decision of the bloc's leader, Minister Benny Gantz, to dissolve the Knesset and hold early parliamentary elections in Israel by October 2024.

The introduction of this bill by the Machane Mamlachti faction is mostly symbolic, as opposition factions had already proposed bills to dissolve the Knesset at the start of the current parliamentary session.

The bill aims to formally justify the faction’s withdrawal from the emergency government announced by Benny Gantz on June 8.