In a significant development amid the ongoing challenges posed by the conflict with Hamas, Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid has called for the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, asserting that the Israeli leader has "lost the public's trust." This marks the first instance of Lapid publicly urging Netanyahu to step down since the commencement of hostilities initiated by Hamas on October 7.
In an interview with Israel's Channel 12, Lapid emphasized his belief that Netanyahu's continuation as Prime Minister is untenable, asserting, "Netanyahu cannot remain Israel's prime minister. We need a national recovery government… he needs to go now. We cannot allow ourselves to have a Prime Minister who has lost the public's trust, whether from a social or a security point of view."
Lapid went on to express his dissatisfaction with the current state of governance, stating, "The people who are running things right are the defense establishments. This government is dysfunctional. We need to change the government."
However, Lapid clarified that, despite his call for Netanyahu's resignation, he does not view the present moment as conducive to holding elections. Instead, he proposed an alternative course of action, suggesting that Netanyahu's Likud party should internally address the leadership question by removing the veteran leader and appointing a party colleague in his stead.
As the political landscape in Israel undergoes these developments, the public and international observers await responses from key political figures and assess the potential ramifications on the nation's leadership and response to the ongoing challenges.