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Son of Israeli War Cabinet Member Killed in Action in Gaza

WorldSon of Israeli War Cabinet Member Killed in Action in Gaza

The son of Israel’s former top military commander, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, was among at least two soldiers killed in fighting Thursday in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said.

Master Sgt. Gal Meir Eisenkot, 25, a reserve soldier in a commando unit, was killed in Jabaliya, in northern Gaza, the military said. General Eisenkot, who served as chief of staff of the Israeli Army from 2015 to 2019, is now a government minister and a nonvoting member of the emergency war cabinet that is directing the fighting.

The war cabinet, formed on Oct. 11, is made up of three primary members — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Yoav Gallant, the defense minister; and Benny Gantz, another former chief of staff and centrist politician — and two members who participate in the meetings as observers: Mr. Eisenkot and Ron Dermer, a close Netanyahu aide who was previously Israel’s ambassador to the United States.

Nearly 100 Israeli soldiers have been killed in the Palestinian enclave over the last two months, since the Hamas-led attacks in southern Israel on Oct. 7. More than 300 soldiers were killed that day, Israeli officials have said, and several were taken to Gaza as captives.

General Eisenkot was visiting a war room in southern Israel on Thursday when he was informed that his son had been critically wounded, according to reports by Israeli news media. Israel’s military announced his son’s death on Thursday evening.

Mr. Netanyahu offered condolences on behalf of himself and his wife, Sara, to the family, calling Sergeant Eisenkot “a brave warrior and a true hero.”

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