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Critics believe the nation cannot wait for the war against Hamas to end.

Many believe the Prime Minister should resign now.

Benjamin Netanyahu is being criticized because the country was in a state of complete surrender when Hamas terrorists attacked on October 7. Many are also angry about the handling afterwards.

What is provocative is that the Prime Minister pushed the defense and security apparatus in front of him in a social media post on Sunday night.

The post was not withdrawn until nine hours later The pressured Netanyahu offered an apology.

Olmert: Netanyahu is finished

The harshest criticism comes from Ehud Olmert, who was Israel’s prime minister from 2006 to 2009.

to India Today Olmert says that it was Netanyahu’s arrogance that led to Hamas being able to carry out the terrorist attack on October 7.

– Netanyahu has become history. He is over, Olmert says to the Germans Deutsche Welle.

Ehud Olmert, Prime Minister from 2006 to 2009.

Photograph: Paul/Reuters

Olmert says that the Palestinians must have the right to self-determination.

– We don’t want invasion. We do not want to occupy Gaza. What we want is to find the Hamas terrorists who were behind the horrific attack, Olmert says.

Ehud Barak was prime minister from 1999 to 2001. Before that, he was a respected general. Barak was leader of the Israeli Labor Party until 2011.

Barak: – Do not trust Netanyahu

Barak agrees with the politicians and military personnel who are demanding that Benjamin Netanyahu step down.

– Israel must find a way to replace him as prime minister.

– When you are responsible for the biggest decline in the nation’s history, you cannot restore confidence from such a low level.

Ehud Barak

Ehud Barak, Prime Minister from 1999 to 2001 and leader of the Labor Party until 2011.

Photography: Jacques Guez/AFP

– I do not think that people trust Netanyahu’s ability to lead the nation with the burden that falls on him after the violence that occurred during his reign, as Barak says to Watchman.

– Citizens do not trust the current leadership, Barak says.

– What happened was ignorance and mistakes on several levels. It is quite certain that the Israelis have lost confidence in defense and in politicians, says the former prime minister.

File photo: US President Biden visits Israel amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas

Joe Biden embraced Benjamin Netanyahu when the US President visited Israel.

Photograph: Evelyn Hochstein/Reuters

He has built his career on safety

Benjamin Netanyahu built his political career on the fact that, as a former elite soldier, he was the right man to provide security for the country and the security of its citizens.

Meanwhile, in the final months before the war, he became increasingly controversial in Israel, Reuters wrote.

After winning the election last fall, he formed the most inclusive government Israel has ever seen.

His coalition of extremist nationalist and religious parties tried to push through reform of the judicial system that divided the country and led to large demonstrations.

Tens of thousands demonstrated in the streets against reform, and the army warned the prime minister that the division poses a danger to Israel.

We will wait until after the war

Netanyahu himself rarely commented on the demands for his resignation.

In a speech on October 25, he said he knew his responsibility must be assessed, but he believed that should not happen until after the war was over.

– As Prime Minister, I am responsible for securing the future of our country. My role now is to lead Israel to a reported overwhelming victory over our enemies Jerusalem Post.

One of those who support the Prime Minister is Danny Danon. He is a member of Netanyahu’s Likud Party and a former ambassador to the United Nations.

He told Reuters that the outcome of the ongoing war will determine Netanyahu’s future.

– I am not afraid of opinion polls. “I am concerned that we must achieve results and I believe that Netanyahu and the government must achieve results,” Danon says.

General: – I think he is above God

Criticisms of Netanyahu also come from high-ranking military personnel.

General Dan Halutz has a long service record in the Israeli Air Force.

    General Dan Halutz

Dan Halutz, former general and chief of staff.

Photograph: Hrvoje Polan/AFP

He and people like him expected Netanyahu to take full responsibility after the defeat when 1,000 Hamas terrorists forced their way deep into Israel on October 7.

-There are better people who can rule the country. I think Netanyahu should surrender now, the retired general tells The Guardian.

– He believes that he is above God, and he believes that he is the savior of Israel. But on the contrary, it is the destroyer of Israel, says Dan Halutz.

He says: There are different opinions, but I am sure that more than half of the people agree with me.

    Kibbutz Kissufim after the Hamas attack

Israeli soldiers at Kibbutz Kissufim, one of the sites attacked on October 7.

Photograph: Evelyn Hochstein/Reuters

Intelligence officer: – There is no role model

The general is surprised that Netanyahu chose to bomb Hamas instead of trying to negotiate the release of the hostages.

– One minute after the attacks began in Gaza, Netanyahu thought about his future instead of thinking about the people, as the former general believed.

– Anyone in Israel understands that releasing the hostages should be the first priority, says Dan Halutz.

Site of the Hostage Memorial in Jerusalem

In Jerusalem, people visit the place where all the hostages kidnapped by Hamas are displayed with lights and pictures.

Photography: Mahmoud Alian/AP

80%: Netanyahu’s mistake

Penina Sylla has many people with her in her view of the Prime Minister.

The Jerusalem Post wrote that a poll shows that up to 94% of Israelis believe the government is responsible for the security crisis that led to the country being attacked by Hamas terrorists on October 7. He writes that a poll shows that 80 percent believe Netanyahu is personally responsible for the Hamas attack not stopping.

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