Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi issued a joint statement in which they said that they are "constantly cooperating fully and closely to ensure a decisive Israeli victory over Hamas."
The statement said there was "full and mutual trust" between the parties, and called on the media to act responsibly and "refrain from baseless reports that would undermine unity and the military forces."
THE PRESS DREW ATTENTION TO THE DIFFERENCE OF OPINION
Yediot Ahronot newspaper, citing Israeli political and military officials, reported that there was a crisis of confidence between Netanyahu, Gallant and Chief of Staff Halevi as the ground operation in Gaza approached.
It was stated that Netanyahu tried to blame the army for what happened, and that the command was reluctant to follow orders.
After Hamas released 2 US prisoners on October 20, the article stated that the US demanded political negotiations on the other prisoners and that the US pressured Israel to postpone the ground operation against Gaza.
Despite the recommendation of Defense Minister Gallant and the army command to launch a preemptive airstrike against Hezbollah in Lebanon, Netanyahu opposed it.
It was pointed out that Netanyahu was unable to order an attack on Lebanon first because the United States required Hezbollah to start a war in order to send large military aid and aircraft warships to Israel.
A minister, who spoke to the newspaper on condition of anonymity, was quoted as calling Netanyahu a "coward".
Israeli Army Spokesperson Daniel Hagari's statement at a press conference that the army was ready for a ground operation and that it was "waiting for the order from the political will" was also cited as a reason for Netanyahu's slow behavior.
DEFENSE MINISTER WANTS ATTACK ON LEBANON FIRST
It is pointed out that the past disagreements between the Israeli Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant have once again come to light with the crisis.
It is stated that the main desire of Defense Minister Gallant, whom Netanyahu dismissed in March but later reinstated after protests in the streets, was to first fight Hezbollah in the north.
It was stated that Netanyahu, who opposed Gallant's desire, did not allow the Defense Minister to convey these ideas to American officials.
It is assessed that Netanyahu is preparing to blame Gallant and Halevi not only for the military maneuvers but also for the political storm that will follow, which has led to a deterioration in relations between the parties.
It was emphasized that there was a stalemate over Israeli prisoners held by Hamas and that "the government was having difficulty reaching agreement on fundamental issues."
ARMY SKEPTICAL OF GOAL OF ELIMINATING HAMAS
Netanyahu and Gallant's publicly stated goal of "eliminating Hamas" is "viewed with skepticism" by the Israeli military.
Attention was drawn to Israeli Chief of Staff Halevi's statement that "the army will dismantle the entire organizational infrastructure under the command of Hamas military leader Yahya Sinwar."
The Yedioth Ahranot newspaper emphasized that it was not clear whether this would be only in Gaza City or in the entire Gaza Strip, and that it was unclear when the army and government would decide that they had "won the war".