STORY: An Israeli official said on Monday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved his six-member war cabinet.

The widely expected move comes after centrist former general Benny Gantz left the emergency government.

Netanyahu is now expected to hold consultations about the Gaza war with a small group of ministers, including Defence Minister Yoav Gallant and Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer who had been in the war cabinet.

The forum was formed after Gantz joined Netanyahu in a national unity government at the start of the war in October.

Gantz and another member of the war cabinet Gadi Eisenkot both left the government last week, over what they said was Netanyahu's failure to form a strategy for the Gaza war.

The announcement comes as U.S. special envoy Amos Hochstein visited Jerusalem, seeking to calm the situation on the disputed northern border with Lebanon.

Israel said tensions with the Iran-backed Hezbollah militia could lead to a larger conflict.

Here's Israeli army spokesperson Read Admiral Daniel Hagari:

"Hezbollah's increasing aggression is bringing us to the brink of what could be a wider escalation, one that could have devastating consequences for Lebanon and the entire region. Hezbollah is jeopardizing the future of Lebanon so that it can be a shield for Hamas."

Hochstein's visit follows weeks of increasing exchanges of fire across the line between Israel and Lebanon, where Israeli forces have for months been engaged in a simmering conflict with Hezbollah that has continued alongside the war in Gaza.