Israel could see Netanyahu ousted from power, US predicts

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under pressure over his hard-Right stance
Benjamin Netanyahu is under pressure over his hard-Right stance - REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
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Benjamin Netanyahu could be ousted from office over public “distrust” of his strategy in Gaza, US intelligence agencies have said.

A joint report by 18 agencies on the global threat level, published on Monday, found that the Israeli prime minister was facing significant opposition to his “hard-line policies on Palestinian and security issues”.

Mr Netanyahu is under pressure to maintain control of his coalition government, which relies on support from seven parties, amid public anger over the Oct 7 attacks.

Protesters have gathered across Israel to demand the prime minister’s resignation and the release of hostages from Gaza, with some opposition politicians calling for fresh elections.

On Saturday, protesters clashed with police in Tel Aviv in two separate demonstrations calling on Mr Netanyahu to do more to secure the hostages’ release.

Israel may prefer ‘more moderate’ leader

The annual threat assessment by the US director of national intelligence said that the opposition to Mr Netanyahu may have the power to topple his government in favour of a “more moderate” leader.

“Netanyahu’s viability as leader as well as his governing coalition of far-Right and ultra orthodox parties that pursued hard-line policies on Palestinian and security issues may be in jeopardy,” the report said.

“Distrust of Netanyahu’s ability to rule has deepened and broadened across the public from its already high levels before the war, and we expect large protests demanding his resignation and new elections.

“A different, more moderate government is a possibility.”

The warning came as Israel launched an investigation into whether a top Hamas leader, the elusive deputy commander of its armed wing, was killed in an air strike over the weekend.

A strike on a building in the Nuseirat refugee camp early on Sunday targeted Marwan Issa, one of the suspected masterminds of the Oct 7 attack on Israel, Israeli media reported.

Reports said five Palestinians were killed in the strike, although it is unclear if Issa was among them.

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