Meanwhile, Gantz and Levi-Abekasis discuss potential alliance ■ Arab parties Balad, United Arab List agree to run on joint ticket ■ Be'er Sheva mayor refuses second slot on Labor list ■ Lapid reveals Yesh Atid ticket
Benny Gantz, the Israel Defense Forces’ 20th chief of general staff, is the founder and current head of the Hosen L’Yisrael, or Israel Resilience, party.
Gantz was born in 1959 in Kfar Ahim, a moshav in south-central Israel. He was drafted into the Israeli military in 1977, where he served in the Paratroopers Brigade. In 1979, Gantz graduated Bahad 1, the military’s Officers School, and returned to the Paratroopers Brigade, where he served as a platoon, company, and battalion commander.
Gantz went on to occupy several commanding posts, including of the Israel Air Force’s elite Shaldag unit, the Paratroopers brigade, the Judea and Samaria Division and of the Northern Command.
During his service, Gantz obtained a Bachelor’s degree in History from Tel Aviv University, a Master’s degree in Political Science from University of Haifa, and a second Master’s degree in National Resources Management from the National Defense University in the United States.
Gantz was named the IDF chief of general staff in 2011, replacing Gabi Ashkenazi, a post in which he served until 2015. During his tenure, Gantz promoted Orna Barbivai to major-general, making her the first woman in the military’s general staff. During his term Gantz also commanded the military during the 2014 Gaza war.
Since retiring from the military, Gantz co-founded a social movement called Pnima.
In 2018, Gantz announced that he would run in the Knesset general election, establishing Hosen L’Yisrael. In his first and only public remarks, Gantz criticized the controversial Nation-State Law, vowing to amend it to emphasize equality and the special connection between Israel and its Druze minority.
Hosen L’Yisrael is predicted 18-20 Knesset seats, while Netanyahu's Likud maintains solid 30
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The party would now win eight seats, according to a poll by Channel 13 News, or 14 seats if it ran on a joint ticket with the left-wing Meretz party
Ayelet Shaked also says she's confident Benjamin Netanyahu will lead next Israeli government, dismisses former IDF chief Benny Gantz as unqualified to lead country
Netanyahu promoted a paid social media post falsely claiming that Gantz once left a border policeman 'to die.' Should the current commander of the West Bank forces now conclude that the government won't back him up?
Remarks come after Bennett said 'Netanyahu's first phone call will be to Gantz... it's what he always does'
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With 10 days left to submit their lists of candidates, parties on left and right are feverishly contemplating mergers and acquisitions that could redraw the political map
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‘Meet the Press’ poll shows 36 seats for a party of Gantz, Lapid and Gabi Ashkenazi, while Likud maintains 32 seats with or without a unified opponent
Yesh Atid MK Meir Cohen claims Moshe Ya'alon tried to join his party before joining Hosen L'Yisrael: If Lapid accepted him 'he would have followed him everywhere'
Statement by Hosen L'Yisrael was issued in response to comments by Zvi Hauser, number 8 on its list, who told an Israeli daily the former military chief 'won't build any less than Netanyahu'
Potential merger is predicted 36 out of 120 Knesset seats, but Likud remains in the lead if Hosen L'Yisrael and Yesh Atid run separately
Alona Barkat, owner of the Hapoel Be’er Sheva soccer team, is joining Bennett and Shaked's Hayamin Hehadash, while activist Merav Cohen and media personality Miki Haimovich have sided with Gantz's Hosen L'Yisrael
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If Gantz is indeed made of the stuff of leadership, he shouldn’t be frightened by the gallons of venom that will be poured on him in the coming weeks in an attempt to tar him as a 'leftist'
In siding with Benny Gantz, Israel's leftists are chasing a dream of victory; soon, it'll become a nightmare