Benny Gantz, head of the Machane Mamlachti party, announced his resignation from the government, stating, "This is a difficult decision, but the state of Israel deserves a genuine victory. Victory is the return of all hostages, true unity, and a change in national priorities."

Gantz emphasized that the war could last for years and criticized empty declarations and promises. He accused Prime Minister Netanyahu of preventing genuine victory and declared, "That is why we are leaving the emergency government today."

Gantz called for elections in the fall of 2024 and addressed Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, urging him to act on the truth. He apologized to the families of the abducted, acknowledging their efforts but admitting they were unsuccessful.

Despite his resignation, Gantz pledged to support any deal to bring the kidnapped home and criticized the prime minister and coalition partners for lacking substance in their unity appeals.

On May 18, Gantz demanded an agreement on a government work plan and conscription bill acceptable to the entire coalition. Netanyahu refused, and the ultimatum expired on June 8. Gantz postponed his resignation announcement due to the successful hostage rescue operation in Nuseirat.

Before Gantz finished his speech, Prime Minister Netanyahu responded, "Benny, now is not the time for politics. Israel is fighting for its existence on several fronts. We must unite to achieve complete victory, return the abducted, and destroy Hamas. Our government remains open to any Zionist party willing to join the fight to defeat our enemies and ensure the safety of our citizens."