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Blinken set to meet with Gantz following Israeli war cabinet resignation

From CNN's Kylie Atwood

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to meet with Israel’s Benny Gantz on Tuesday, according to a senior State Department official.

Gantz, a former Israeli defense minister and key war cabinet member, resigned from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government at the weekend after reaching his self-imposed deadline to leave if Netanyahu did not lay out a new plan for the war in Gaza.

Blinken will first meet with Netanyahu and defense minister Yoav Gallant on Monday evening, according to the official.

Blinken is on a multi-country visit to the Middle East, including stops in Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Qatar as part of US efforts to push for a ceasefire agreement.

Gantz is viewed as Netanyahu’s primary political rival. His resignation could risk further isolation for Israel on the world stage.

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