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    Israel’s Wartime Cabinet Is Rattled by a Dispute Between Netanyahu and His Top Political Rival

    Israel's Wartime Cabinet Is Rattled by a Dispute Between Netanyahu and His Top Political Rival

    TEL AVIV, (AP) — A top Israeli Cabinet minister headed to on Sunday for talks with U.S. officials, sparking a rebuke from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to an Israeli official, in a sign of widening cracks in Israel's wartime government nearly five months into its war with Hamas.

    The trip by Benny Gantz, a centrist political rival who joined Netanyahu's hardline government in the early days of the war following Hamas' Oct. 7 attack on southern Israel, comes amid deep disagreements between Netanyahu and President Joe Biden over how to alleviate the suffering of Palestinians in and create a post-war vision for the enclave.

    The U.S. was prompted to airdrop aid into Gaza on Saturday after dozens of Palestinians rushing to grab food from trucks were killed last week. The airdrops circumvent what's been a prohibitive aid delivery system, which has been hobbled by Israeli restrictions, logistical issues within Gaza as well as the fighting inside the tiny enclave. Aid officials say the airdrops are far less effective than the aid sent via trucks.

    U.S. priorities in the region have increasingly been hampered by Netanyahu's hardline Cabinet, where ultranationalists dominate. Gantz's more moderate party at times acts as a counterweight to Netanyahu's far-right allies.

    An official from Netanyahu's Likud party said Gantz's visit was without authorization from the Israeli leader. The…

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