Archiv: Benny Gantz


26.01.2020 - 15:09 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

CPI Rejects Any Imperialistic Steps by US Violating International Law

The CPI observed that “The true ‘Deal of the Century’ is a prime minister accused of corruption and a president under an impeachment trial attempting to save each other through a dangerous political maneuver that will set military rule over the Palestinian people in the occupied territories for generations.” The CPI reiterated its consistent and well-known position that “Only recognition of a Palestinian state, its people and its borders, and the end of the occupation is a long-overdue international obligation and a positive step towards peace. All states must now formally recognize a sustainable Palestinian state being established contiguous with the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, demanding the end of the settlements policy and a just resolution of the Palestinian refugee question.”

26.01.2020 - 14:31 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Niftily Averts White House Hazing but Trump Plan Still on Course to Rescue Netanyahu

Deal of the century offers Israelis annexation right now and Palestinians a Bantustan in the far future

26.01.2020 - 14:20 [ Haaretz ]

Annexation for Dummies: Making Sense of Netanyahu and Gantz’s Declarations

“The moment Israel carries out annexation it destroys this alibi and admits it does not think the final status needs to be determined by negotiations, and that Israeli control of the Palestinian population is not temporary,” says Sfard. “It destroys its only defense against the claim it is establishing an apartheid regime.”

It is no coincidence that the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Fatou Bensouda, mentioned Netanyahu’s intentions for the Jordan Valley when she determined that, as far as the objectives of international criminal law are concerned, the authority of the ICC should be recognized. These statements, she said, “reflect concerns of a potential de jure annexation.”

26.01.2020 - 14:11 [ ORF.at ]

Netanjahu lobt US-Plan für Nahost

Vor seiner Abreise zu einem Treffen mit US-Präsident Donald Trump sagte Netanjahu heute während einer Kabinettssitzung in Jerusalem: „Ich werde mich morgen mit meinem Freund Donald Trump treffen, der seinen Jahrhundertplan vorstellen wird. Ich glaube, dass es so eine Gelegenheit einmal in der Geschichte gibt, und wir dürfen sie nicht verpassen.“

25.01.2020 - 07:48 [ Haaretz ]

Pence: Netanyahu, Gantz Accepted Invitation to White House to Discuss Mideast Peace Plan

Israeli officials say that the plan would promise the application of Israeli sovereignty to all existing Jewish settlements in the West Bank, in addition to annexing the Jordan Valley

24.01.2020 - 21:52 [ Haaretz ]

With Trump’s Peace Plan, the Plot to Save Netanyahu Enters Next Phase

Let’s imagine the next scenario: A unity government has been set up in Israel along the lines of President Rivlin’s proposal – which specifies a rotation of the premiership between Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz. Donald Trump lays the “deal of the century” on the table. Netanyahu would say this is no time to change a prime minister. This is a historic, one-time opportunity Israel is getting a de facto green light for annexation from the United States.

21.01.2020 - 17:13 [ ORF.at ]

Israel: Ganz kündigt Jordantal-Annexion an

Der rechtskonservative Ministerpräsident Benjamin Netanjahu hatte bereits vor der vergangenen Wahl im September erklärt, im Falle eines Wahlsieges das Jordantal annektieren zu wollen. Im Dezember sprach er davon, „eine US-Anerkennung unserer Souveränität im Jordantal und allen Siedlungen in Judäa und Samaria (Westjordanland) (zu) erzielen“.

21.01.2020 - 17:05 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Vows to Annex Jordan Valley, ‚Hopes Trump Releases Peace Plan Soon‘

Up until recently, Kahol Lavan leader opposed publication of peace plan during campaign, calling it ‚outright intervention‘ in Israeli election

21.01.2020 - 17:02 [ Haaretz ]

Whoever Wins Israel’s Next Election Will Be a Right-winger

Kahol Lavan needs to break sharply to the right, not just to attract the voters it needs, but also to make it easier for other right-wing parties to join a Gantz government

12.01.2020 - 15:31 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Left Is Acting Like It Really Doesn’t Want Any Votes

It seems as if our leftist politicians have simply given up all hope, or pretense, of getting their act together.

Now they are looking to Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz, hoping he will be so kind as to stick his hand into the wading pool in which they are drowning, pull them out and sit them down nicely one next to the other.

26.12.2019 - 13:29 [ Tagesschau ]

Likud wählt neuen Chef: Netanyahu – oder noch weiter rechts

„Das wäre nicht passiert, wenn es nicht bereits zwei gescheiterte Versuche Netanyahus gegeben hätte, eine Koalition zu bilden. Alles deutet darauf hin, dass Netanyahu auch nach einer dritten Neuwahl kein Bündnis bilden kann.“ Denn weiterhin schließen mögliche Koalitionspartner eine Zusammenarbeit mit Netanyahu aus: Avigdor Lieberman und dessen Partei Israel Beitenu sowie das Bündnis Blau-Weiß von Benny Gantz.

10.12.2019 - 14:01 [ al-monitor.com ]

Arab party reconsiders support of Gantz over Jordan Valley annexation

Jabareen added that if that is the case, Gantz and his faction will not be able to count on the support of the Joint List — an option seriously discussed following the September elections. “There was talk all along the way of our external support to enable the formation of a different kind of government, but this will not happen given the annexation intention and masquerading as Likud II,” Jabareen said.

He reminded us that the Joint List — the Knesset’s third-largest faction — wields significant power both in the domestic political arena and in the international one.

10.12.2019 - 13:50 [ Times of Israel ]

Legal advisers said to warn PM annexation would lead to ICC investigation

Officials in attorney general’s office reportedly say that if Netanyahu extends sovereignty over Jordan Valley, settler leaders and IDF officers could be probed

10.12.2019 - 13:41 [ i24news.tv ]

Blue & White chief: Netanyahu is all talk about annexation, but we’ll do it

In his remarks made at a conference in Jerusalem, Gantz said that Netanyahu turned the annexation of the West Bank — a highly contentious issue — into a talking point, but did little for the people living there.

Blue and White, he said, would be just the opposite – the plans for annexing the Jordan Valley, set to be Israel’s ‚eastern wall‘, are ready, and standing at the helm the party will implement them.

23.11.2019 - 22:08 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Says Netanyahu ‚Risks Igniting Civil War,‘ Calls on Likud Members to Speak Out

Alluding to Netanyahu’s role in the right-wing campaign against former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in the run-up to his assassination, he said: „Someone who spearheaded the harsh and painful campaign against Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of blessed memory, which ended in a national disaster, should know that dangerous words are doomed to turn into deadly bullets.“ He added that „a true patriot“ would not „hold Israeli citizens hostage to his legal battle.“

21.11.2019 - 06:14 [ 24news.tv ]

Gantz returns mandate to president, blames Netanyahu for failure to form gov’t

“No party leader is above the nation,” the centrist leader continued. “Netanyahu must remember, there is still a democracy in Israel even if it appeals to him less.”

The former military chief stipulated that there is no citizen whose vote is not worthy; regardless of sector, ethnicity or religious faith. “I was ready to make far-reaching compromises in order to create a united and stable government,” he added.

21.11.2019 - 06:12 [ ORF.at ]

Israel: Ganz gibt Mandat zu Regierungsbildung zurück

Scheitert auch das innerhalb der nächsten 21 Tage, droht Israel eine dritte Parlamentswahl innerhalb eines Jahres. Dann würde das Parlament automatisch aufgelöst. Innerhalb von 90 Tagen müsste dann regulär eine Neuwahl angesetzt werden. Sie könnte nach Medienberichten in der ersten März-Hälfte stattfinden.

20.11.2019 - 18:58 [ Tagesschau ]

Keine Koalition in Sicht: Israel steuert auf Neuwahl zu

Weder die rechtsgerichtete Likud-Partei von Netanyahu noch Gantz‘ Mitte-Rechts-Bündnis Blau-Weiß konnte sich bei der Parlamentswahl im September eine Mehrheit sichern. Liebermans laizistisch-nationalistische Partei Israel Beitenu gilt seitdem als Königsmacher.

20.11.2019 - 06:16 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz After Meeting Netanyahu: Three Election Rounds Are Bad, but We Won’t Abandon Our Principles

Gantz said after meeting with Netanyahu in a statement on his twitter that „Israel needs a broad and liberal unity government, which will consist primarily of the two major white-led political parties that won the elections.“ According to him, it is „a government whose founding lines will be set on the basis of the major parties and therefore cannot be built on one or the other sectoral bloc.“

19.11.2019 - 18:42 [ Haaretz ]

Live Updates Netanyahu, Gantz to Meet in Last-ditch Effort to Negotiate Unity Government

With only a day left until his mandate to form a government expires, Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz continues his attempt to secure a coalition, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud claiming that a Gantz-led minority government backed by the country’s Arab parties would be a „national attack on the State of Israel.“

18.11.2019 - 14:07 [ i24news.tv ]

Poll: 49% of Israeli-Arabs back minority gov’t led by Benny Gantz

The survey, commissioned by Army Radio, showed 49% of Israeli-Arab citizens supporting the Joint List, made up of four separate Arab parties, backing Gantz from outside a coalition government even if it includes secular right-wing politician Avigdor Liberman, head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party.

17.11.2019 - 09:51 [ Reuven Rivlin, President of the State of Israel / Twitter ]

The meeting between President Rivlin and chair of Kachol Lavan at Beit HaNasi has ended. Gantz updated the president on the coalition negotiations and discussed the president’s outline in an attempt to prevent further elections. The two agreed to remain in touch as necessary.

(16.11.2019)

17.11.2019 - 09:28 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Warns of ‚Unprecedented Emergency‘ if Gantz Forms Government Backed by Arab Party

„There is an agreement among Kahol Lavan [leaders] to go for a minority government with the Joint List. We know for a fact that they made this decision,“ the prime minister claimed in an emergency meeting he held with Likud lawmakers.

15.11.2019 - 08:08 [ Haaretz ]

A Racist Unity Government

Moreover, the two main inciters, Netanyahu and Lieberman, are exploiting both the tense security situation and their polished racist rhetoric to put enormous pressure on Gantz to enter a unity government based on the president’s proposal. Gantz, who until now has demonstrated impressive steadfastness, must not cave into this pressure. Soon, the dense smoke of the rockets will dissipate, and Israel will once again be overshadowed instead by the picture of the serial criminal suspect Netanyahu, the man who is unfit to be prime minister.

12.11.2019 - 18:42 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Gantz signals turn towards minority government without Netanyahu

Likud, however, seeks to have Netanyahu remain in office for a year or until his trial begins.

In addition, Gantz said: “Instead of security considerations dictating political behavior, political and personal considerations are dictating security considerations.”

Netanyahu took particular umbrage with that statement, shaking his head vigorously when Gantz made it and using his right to respond in the Knesset to deny it.

12.11.2019 - 18:32 [ Times of Israel ]

It’s almost unthinkable, but how would a minority government work?

(17.10.2019)

In principle, the candidate whom the president grants the right to form a government does not need a majority of 61 to do so. All that is really needed is a situation in which more hands vote in favor of the government than oppose it.

03.11.2019 - 09:27 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz at Rabin Memorial: Hate Has Again Been Weaponized by Politicians Without Limits

“As the prime minister of Israel I shall aspire and act to turn this rally into an official rally shared by all of Israeli society,” said Gantz, who was asked in October to form the next government, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned his mandate to President Reuven Rivlin. “I want this square to be balanced, for all the streams to find their place in it and to sincerely mourn this debased murder.”

02.11.2019 - 14:00 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Uninhibited Attacks Signal He’s Seeking Another Election, Gantz Says

„What has been happening in the past few days must be stopped,“ Gantz said. „It’s unacceptable that while we are talking about [forming] a government to rehabilitate diplomacy, to back the Israel Defense Forces, to empower the law enforcement institutions and safeguard a free press, Netanyahu, who is in charge of all these systems, is spreading blatant messages against them.“

01.11.2019 - 12:58 [ Haaretz ]

Rare Moment in Israeli Politics as Gantz Meets Arab Party Leaders for Coalition Talks

Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz met on Thursday with the leaders of the Joint List, an alliance of four Arab-majority parties, as part of his effort to form a governing coalition after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to do so.

29.10.2019 - 08:07 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Says No Progress Achieved in Talks on Unity Government With Netanyahu’s Likud

Yair Lapid, the No. 2 on the Kahol Lavan roster, said at the party meeting that a government can’t be created in the space of 48 hours, and that all Netanyahu had to agree to was to be second in the rotation – i.e., to agree that Gantz serve as prime minister first, then Netanyahu. But what Netanyahu wants is a third election, Lapid said.

“That’s what his lawyers suggested to him, that’s what he needs because of the indictments,” Lapid said.

28.10.2019 - 18:03 [ Axios.com ]

Jared Kushner meets Benny Gantz for the first time in Israe

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner met Benny Gantz, the leader of the Blue and White party, for the first time on Monday in Jerusalem.

Why it matters: This was the first meeting between Kushner and Gantz, who has 23 days to form a government. It shows that the Trump administration is adapting to the new political reality in Israel.

27.10.2019 - 10:44 [ Times of Israel ]

Gantz to meet with Netanyahu on Sunday, Liberman and Horowitz in following days

According to reports in the Hebrew media, Gantz could offer Netanyahu a “compromise deal” that would force him to choose between including his religious allies in the coalition, and being prime minister first in any rotation deal.

05.10.2019 - 10:06 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz, the Hope Is a Government Without Netanyahu

The political whirlwind and the desire to avoid another election might cause Gantz to forget the reason his party won 33 Knesset seats and became the largest political party in Israel, namely that the people are sick and tired of Netanyahu. They are sick not only of the abundant criminal accusations now under review at a hearing, but also of his corrupt and cynical politics, which have put his personal survival above any other value, and in the name of which he has pitted parts of Israeli society against each other.

26.09.2019 - 00:49 [ Reuters ]

Netanyahu tapped by Israel’s president to form new government

Israel’s president tasked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday with assembling a new government after power-sharing talks with his strongest rival, Benny Gantz, failed following an inconclusive election.

25.09.2019 - 18:12 [ Haaretz ]

Rivlin, President of the Jews – Not Israelis

Yes, this initiative of yours, Mr. President, is very grave indeed! You are dividing the country on an ethnic basis, you are placing one people above another, one public above another, one group above another, when your job is to say loud and clear: They are all my sons. And for this you do not have a mandate. You do not have a mandate to divide the country between Jews and Arabs. You do not have a mandate to exclude a fifth of the population.

24.09.2019 - 14:41 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Results: Gantz Capitulates Without Battle

Less than a week after his impressive electoral achievement, the head of the largest Knesset faction, Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz, conceded his right to be the first to try and form a coalition government. The explanation given by “party sources” for this concession is that Gantz prefers to wait for Netanyahu to try first and fail.

Regrettably, this lame excuse is unconvincing. This move looks like a capitulation without a fight, an admission that the right wing’s long-standing tactic of delegitimizing parties representing Arab society succeeded.

24.09.2019 - 07:19 [ Haaretz ]

Benny Gantz’s Tactical Waiting Game Is Too Clever by Half

Netanyahu getting a first nod from the president would land a harsh blow on the center-left’s morale, which could facilitate Netanyahu’s plan to divide the party from within. The nightmarish vision of Netanyahu settling back in the driver’s seat and recklessly pushing the gas pedal to reach his target would make a mockery of his clear-cut defeat in last Tuesday’s election. While Gantz and his colleagues rejoice over sucker Netanyahu supposedly falling into their well-laid trap, their supporters will see them as naive novices who could soon add insult to injury by reneging on their main pledge not to participate in his coalition.

24.09.2019 - 07:04 [ Times of Israel ]

Gantz, Netanyahu meet at President Rivlin’s residence to launch unity talks

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) shakes hands with Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz (R) as President Reuven Rivlin looks on, at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, on September 23, 2019.

23.09.2019 - 15:45 [ theGuardian.com ]

Ex-Israeli spy boss attacks Netanyahu and Barak over Iran

(28.04.2012)

Diskin’s remarks followed a furore over comments made on Wednesday by Israel’s serving military chief, Benny Gantz, which starkly contrasted with Netanyahu’s rhetoric on Iran. Gantz said he did not believe the Iranian leadership was prepared to „go the extra mile“ to acquire nuclear weapons because it was „composed of very rational people“ who understood the consequences.

23.09.2019 - 15:38 [ New York Times ]

Israeli Army Chief Says He Believes Iran Won’t Build Bomb

(26.04.2012)

The Israeli military chief described the Iranian government as “rational” in interviews published Wednesday and said he did not believe it would build a nuclear bomb, appearing to put some distance between himself and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

“I believe he would be making an enormous mistake, and I don’t think he will want to go the extra mile,” the chief of staff of the Israeli Defense Force, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, told the left-leaning newspaper Haaretz, referring to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

22.09.2019 - 22:45 [ New York Times ]

Ayman Odeh: We Are Ending Netanyahu’s Grip on Israel

The Israeli government has done everything in its power to reject those of us who are Arab Palestinian citizens, but our influence has only grown. We will be the cornerstone of democracy.

22.09.2019 - 22:38 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Results: Arab Alliance Endorses Gantz for PM, Lieberman Won’t Back Anyone

Rare move by Joint List in bid to ‚end the Netanyahu era‘ could give Kahol Lavan leader first chance at forming coalition ■ Lieberman: ‚Joint List members are enemies‘

22.09.2019 - 12:33 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Results: President to Start Consultations With Party Leaders to Designate Next PM

All eyes are on Yisrael Beiteinu’s Avigdor Lieberman and the Joint List, comprised of four Arab-majority parties, in order to gauge Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz’s chances at unseating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Neither parties have announced officially whether they would recommend Gantz to the president, and are expected to make their decisions public later Sunday.

22.09.2019 - 12:26 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Results: Arab Party Must Recommend Gantz, or Netanyahu Will Be Back

In 1992, Knesset members from Hadash and the United Arab List backed Yitzhak Rabin, who wasn’t their cup of tea, as prime minister. This eventually led to the allocation of significant funds for the benefit of the Arab community – without mentioning the mutual recognition between Israel and the PLO, and the Oslo Accords.

21.09.2019 - 10:45 [ CNN ]

Netanyahu trails Gantz by two seats in latest Israeli election results, ahead of scrap to form coalition

Gantz’s Blue and White Party have 33 seats to Likud’s 31 in the latest standings from Tuesday’s do-over election, according to Israel’s Central Elections Committee.
Election officials say tallies won’t be absolutely final until they have investigated the ballots at 15 polling stations where there were suspected voting irregularities.

20.09.2019 - 18:25 [ Salon.com ]

Benny Gantz rebukes Benjamin Netanyahu’s offer to form unity coalition

Gantz responded to Netanyahu’s request by saying he would only lead a „liberal“ coalition, a statement which excluded the ultra-Orthodox political bloc on whom Netanyahu has relied throughout his tenure.

Moshe Yaalon, another Blue and White leader, added that the party would not enter into a coalition led by Netanyahu because of the corruption charges against him.

20.09.2019 - 18:22 [ LA Times ]

Benjamin Netanyahu’s rival Benny Gantz declares victory for his party in Israel election

(19.09.2019)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief rival, Benny Gantz, declared victory after near-final vote tallies on Thursday showed his party slightly widening a narrow first-place finish in this week’s parliamentary elections.

Netanyahu did not challenge Gantz’s declaration.

19.09.2019 - 11:52 [ ORF.at ]

Netanjahu schwenkt um

Ganz hatte seinerseits im Wahlkampf ausgeschlossen, als Nummer zwei hinter Netanjahu in die Regierung zu gehen. Staatspräsident Reuven Rivlin, der einen weiteren Wahlgang unbedingt vermeiden will, begrüßte umgehend Netanjahus Aufruf. Ganz kündigte eine Erklärung noch vor Mittag an.

19.09.2019 - 11:49 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Nach Parlamentswahl in Israel: Netanyahu will große Koalition mit Gantz

Nach der Parlamentswahl in Israel hat sich Ministerpräsident Benjamin Netanyahu für die Bildung einer breiten Einheitsregierung ausgesprochen. Die Ergebnisse zeigten, dass er die von ihm versprochene rechtsgerichtete Regierung nicht bilden könne, sagte Netanyahu in einer Videobotschaft.

18.09.2019 - 22:25 [ i24news.tv ]

Joint List chairman says he could recommend Gantz as PM

Parliamentarian Aymen Odeh told Army Radio Wednesday morning he would consider supporting Netanyahu’s chief political rival as official results trickling in continued to solidify a strong showing for the coalition of Arab parties.

18.09.2019 - 22:17 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Head of Arab faction mulls backing Gantz to form next coalition

The chairman of the Joint List of Arab parties, Ayman Odeh, said Wednesday that he may recommend Blue and White leader Benny Gantz as the next prime minister when he meets with President Reuven Rivlin.

Gantz has already reached out to him, Odeh said, adding that “on Wednesday afternoon, we will decide which path to take.”

18.09.2019 - 17:26 [ Washington Post ]

Israel’s two main parties locked in dead heat as negotiations begin for new government

As of Wednesday morning, Gantz had already reached out to Ayman Odeh, leader of the Joint List, the conglomeration of four Arab parties that scored remarkably well in Tuesday’s election, securing 12 seats.

18.09.2019 - 17:03 [ Martin Indyk, former US Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations, US Ambo to Israel / Twitter ]

Next phase in Israel is government formation. President Rivlin decides who gets the right to try. Gantz only has mandate to form a government without Bibi. Lieberman and Odeh (Arab Joint List) will likely recommend Gantz because they both want Bibi gone.

17.09.2019 - 10:49 [ CNN ]

In the face of Netanyahu’s annexation plans, his centrist rivals remain silent

Netanyahu’s recent announcements, like a pledge to annex parts of the West Bank he made three days before the April 9th elections, have barely registered in the campaign of Blue and White, the centrist party co-led by Generals Benny Gantz, Moshe „Bogie“ Ya’alon, and Gabi Ashkenazi (all former chiefs of the Israeli Defense Forces) along with former finance minister Yair Lapid

02.09.2019 - 17:13 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Poll: 78% of Arab Voters Support the Joint List Entering a Coalition

A large majority (76%) of those surveyed supported Hadash MK Ayman Odeh’s declaration last Friday, August 23, that he would join a moderate-center government; 65% of those asked expressed their full support for the Joint List joining a coalition headed by Kahol-Lavan (Blue & White); and 20% responded they neither support nor oppose the such a move.

Youssef Makladeh, the CEO of Statnet, told Maariv: “This isn’t new; past surveys have indicated that the Arab community in Israel is more interested in more pragmatic leadership that will work towards solving more acute issues, such as curbing the spread of violence, [achieving] building permits [for Arab towns], [developing local] infrastructure and sewage management [for their places of residence].” Makladeh added, “For the first time in a decade, an Arab leader has thrown the ball into the court of the Jewish parties.”

26.08.2019 - 17:32 [ Haaretz ]

Anyone but Cowardly, Warmongering Kahol Lavan

Vote left, vote right, just don’t vote nothing. The nothing of Kahol Lavan isn’t merely nothing, it’s an actively destructive nothing. It suffocates any possibility of providing an alternative and eliminates any hope for change.

12.08.2019 - 23:15 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Democratic Union blasts Gantz over willingness to form govt with Netanyahu

Speaking to the press in Tel Aviv, the three leaders of the Democratic Union – MK Nitzan Horowitz, MK Stav Shaffir and former prime minister Ehud Barak – also took Blue and White to task for what they described as its right-wing policies, arguing that the party would not replace, but instead participate in, a right-wing government.

12.08.2019 - 23:06 [ Times of Israel ]

Gantz says he’ll consider joining Netanyahu government if he gets to be PM first

“He wanted us to split up Blue and White and offered to bring us in under all kinds of conditions,” he said. “He offered me anything I wanted in return. But still, we stuck to our principles.”

Gantz added, though, that had Netanyahu “offered a rotation deal where I was prime minister first, then there would have been something to talk about.”

08.08.2019 - 18:36 [ Haaretz ]

Instead of Tossing Out Fantasies, Kahol Lavan Promises Voters a Good War

Tell me, Kahol Lavan, have you lost your minds? Did you get sunstroke? Were you blinded by the neon lights at the office of your political strategist Moshik Teumim? This is your election campaign – war before everything?

26.07.2019 - 10:03 [ i24news.tv ]

Likud maintains razor-thin lead over center bloc ahead of Israel elections: poll

(25.07.2019)

The right-wing Likud maintains a razor-thin lead over Blue and White, projected to win 31 seats in the Israeli parliament (Knesset) compared to the centrist party’s 30 seats if elections were held today, according to a joint poll between i24NEWS and Israel Hayom.

27.06.2019 - 18:16 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Gantz: September elections irreversable, Netanyahu lying

„Netanyahu pressed the button for the Knesset dissolution and there is no turning back,“ Gantz says in a statement to the media from Tel Aviv. „Netanyahu sees (election) polls and invents lies.“

23.06.2019 - 20:37 [ Algemeiner.com ]

Sources: Likud and Blue and White Parties Discussing Canceling Elections, Forming Unity Government

Netanyahu and Blue and White party co-chairman Benny Gantz are reportedly not personally involved in any negotiations over a unity government.

Blue and White issued a statement reacting to the report, saying, “There is only one option for cancelling the elections: Netanyahu steps down to deal with his legal issues and Blue and White will lead a wide government.”

09.06.2019 - 13:53 [ Haaretz ]

Kahol Lavan Goes AWOL

Also, back in April, neither Kahol Lavan chairman Benny Gantz nor leading party figure Gabi Ashkenazi bothered to attend the seminar for new MKs, meant to prepare them for working in the Knesset.

Taken together, these reports paint an unflattering picture of an amateurish, disorganized, lazy opposition party. Despite the military background of some of its leaders, formulating a strategy and pursuing it with determination and consistency doesn’t appear to be the party’s modus operandi.

08.04.2019 - 22:10 [ Ruptly / Youtube ]

Israel: ‚We are half a metre from winning‘ – Gantz on election

Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) Party leader, Benny Gantz said that his party is „half a metre from winning,“ in Tel Aviv on Monday, as parties scrambled to rally last-minute voters for the upcoming national election. „Friends, we need two more seats, and we must have two more seats. It is only a few tens of thousands of people,“ Gantz said.

06.04.2019 - 20:08 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Says Will Begin Annexing West Bank if Re-elected Prime Minister

„A Palestinian state will endanger our existence and I withstood huge pressure over the past eight years, no prime minister has withstood such pressure. We must control our destiny,“ the premier said.

After boasting that he was responsible for U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, Netanyahu told the program „Meet the Press“: „Will we move ahead to the next stage? Yes.

03.04.2019 - 06:58 [ Haaretz ]

Poll: Netanyahu’s Likud Overtakes Gantz’s Kahol Lavan; Labor Surges to 14 Seats

A new poll published by Israel’s Channel 13 Tuesday night predicted that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party would overtake his rival Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan.
According to the poll, Likud would get 29 Knesset seats if elections were held today, whereas the political alliance headed by Gantz would get 28 seats.

03.04.2019 - 06:51 [ Haaretz ]

Network of Fake Social Media Accounts Boosting Netanyahu Ahead of Election, Report Says

A network of hundreds of social media accounts has been working to boost Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election campaign and smear his opponents ahead of next week’s election, the New York Times and Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Monday, citing a report by a watchdog group.

02.04.2019 - 13:04 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Gantz: Netanyahu leading campaign of terror on Israelis‘ consciousness

Blue and White leader lashes out after report says fake Facebook, Twitter network operating to promote prime minister’s reelection on April 9; party says it has filed complaint with police

02.04.2019 - 11:30 [ New York Times ]

Twitter Network Uses Fake Accounts to Promote Netanyahu, Israel Watchdog Finds

An Israeli watchdog group has found a network of hundreds of social media accounts, many of them fake, used to smear opponents of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in next week’s election and to amplify the messages of his Likud party, according to a report to be released Monday.

The messages posted on the network’s Twitter and Facebook accounts are frequently reposted by prominent Likud campaign officials and by the prime minister’s son, Yair Netanyahu, the report says.

02.04.2019 - 11:28 [ Ynetnews.com ]

An army of fake social media in the service of Netanyahu

According to the findings of the Big Bots Project, this network has posted more than 130,000 times in Hebrew on Facebook and Twitter – posts that have had 2.5 million hits in Israel. These posts have the sole purpose of praising Netanyahu and spreading false information about his rivals, primarily his main challenger Benny Gantz, the former IDF chief who leads the Blue and White Party.

01.04.2019 - 09:28 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Arabs Aren’t Flocking to the Polls

This is a serious mistake. High turnout among Arab Israelis isn’t only critical to bolster their sense of belonging to the state; it’s also a necessary condition for replacing the government. Netanyahu understands this very well. That’s why he has made keeping the Arabs away from the polls a key political goal – in order to keep the left out of power.

01.04.2019 - 08:18 [ Times of Israel ]

Gantz said to ask Shin Bet to probe whether Mossad behind leak of phone hack

(today) The Mossad, Israel’s foreign intelligence agency, is currently headed by Yossi Cohen, who was chosen for the post by Prime Minister Netanyahu after serving as his national security adviser.

01.04.2019 - 08:04 [ Haaretz ]

Former Mossad Chief: Leaking Hack of Gantz’s Phone ‚An Attack on Democracy‘

(18.3.2019)

Even if Iran really turns out to be responsible, it does not amount to more than an embarrassment, Pardo said. „Anybody who understands anything about cyber security knows that if somebody wants to do harm – illegitimately and unethically – they can disseminate fake, fabricated information – and go prove that it’s wrong.“

01.04.2019 - 08:01 [ Times of Israel ]

Netanyahu asked Shin Bet to tap phones of IDF, Mossad heads — report

(1.6.2018)

According to the report, Netanyahu asked the former head of the Shin Bet, Yoram Cohen, to use his security service’s “special capabilities” to monitor the communications of senior defense officials, including former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz and former head of the Mossad spy agency Tamir Pardo.

01.04.2019 - 08:00 [ Times of Israel ]

Ex-Mossad chief: In 2011 Netanyahu ordered military to ready Iran strike

(31.5.2018)

“I made inquiries about everything I could do. I checked with previous Mossad chiefs. I checked with legal advisers. I consulted anyone I could consult in order to understand who is authorized to give instructions about the whole issue of starting a war,” he said.

Among the people he spoke to was the attorney general at the time, Yehudah Weinstein. At some point, Pardo admitted, Netanyahu became aware of his activities.

01.04.2019 - 05:51 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Netanyahu: If Gantz can’t protect his phone, how will he protect the country?

(18.3.2019)

“He was supposed to protect his phone. That is his personal failure. If Gantz can’t protect his phone, how will he protect the country?” Netanyahu asked. “Second, Gantz and Lapid supported the dangerous nuclear deal with Iran, the deal that I fought and I am glad that I acted successfully to convince the president of the US to leave and to renew sanctions on Iran.”

01.04.2019 - 05:30 [ Haaretz ]

Report: Gantz Demands Probe to See if Mossad Leaked News of Phone Hack

Speaking at a joint press conference with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Netanyahu responded to the report about Gantz’s request that the Shin Bet investigate, saying,“They [Kahol Lavan] are trying to drag the Mossad, that magnificent organization that protects Israeli security, into the political discourse. That mustn’t be done, and I don’t plan to let it pass. The leaks about Gantz came from the headquarters of [Yesh Atid Chairman Yair] Lapid and Gantz, so I am calling on them to show responsibility, be statesmanlike, and leave the Mossad and the Shin Bet out of politics. We have enough things to fight about.”

30.03.2019 - 15:59 [ Dennis Ross / Washington Post ]

Golan policy may invite Israel’s right to annex West Bank territory. That would spell disaster.

Benny Gantz and the other leaders of the Blue and White party have already declared they will not join a government if Netanyahu heads it, because the attorney general, Avichai Mandelblit, has declared his intent to indict Netanyahu.

25.03.2019 - 05:50 [ Haaretz ]

‚If Netanyahu Had a Way to Get Me Hurt, Killed, He Would,‘ Gantz Says in Leaked Recording

In the recording, broadcast on Israeli television news, Gantz said Netanyahu may have coordinated with the Russians to hack his phone

24.03.2019 - 11:02 [ Haaretz ]

Benny Gantz Is Either Cowardly or Immoral

Let’s make it simple: Benny Gantz is either a coward or an immoral person. There’s no third option. These are the only possibilities, in light of his refusal to state clearly his preferred solution for the Palestinian issue and his unbelievable refusal to discuss the occupation. It’s hard to say which option is more disheartening.

24.03.2019 - 10:27 [ ORF.at ]

Knesset-Wahl: Duell in Israel wird zu Schlammschlacht

In israelischen Medien wird davon ausgegangen, dass das Netanjahu-Lager die Information an die Medien weiterspielte, um Gantz unter Druck zu bringen.

Dieser wies alle Vorwürfe zurück und bestritt die Behauptung Netanjahus, auf dem Handy hätten sich sensible Daten befunden. Er sei daher auch nicht erpressbar. Netanjahu griff Gantz bei einer Pressekonferenz jedoch an und warf ihm vor, die Unwahrheit zu sagen: „Was wissen die Iraner über dich, das du uns nicht sagst?“

24.03.2019 - 10:19 [ Times of Israel ]

Gantz: I won’t quit prime minister race over Iranian phone hack

(19.3.2019) Blue and White leader challenges Netanyahu to debate, says there was nothing sensitive on device and his wife supports him; rules out coalition with Arab Israeli parties

22.03.2019 - 13:10 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Refuses to Be an Alternative

First, in all the interviews he evaded giving a direct answer, which would clarify whether he and his ticket support the two-state solution. Hard to believe, but such a basic question was left without an answer, apart from evasive, cowardly beating around the bush.

19.03.2019 - 18:14 [ Times of Israel ]

Gantz demands AG probe whether Netanyahu leaked Iran phone hack claims

“Given that the ‘hack’ reportedly took place a long time ago, and given that it’s inconceivable that a source in the security services would leak details about an alleged ‘Iranian hack,’ and noting the timing of the ‘leak’ [in the middle of an election campaign] — it was clearly done by someone who has access to sensitive defense information and possesses an interest in harming Gantz,” the party charged in an official appeal to Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit on Saturday night.

16.03.2019 - 03:26 [ Reuters ]

Israel election frontrunner Gantz dismisses report that Iran hacked his phone

Benny Gantz, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s toughest rival in Israel’s upcoming parliamentary election, dismissed as “political gossip” on Friday media reports of allegations that his mobile phone had been hacked by Iranian intelligence… “We’re in the middle of an ongoing security event…and someone’s putting out a political gossip story,” Gantz said. “I do not think Benny Gantz is the story here. There’s no security issue there. No threat and no blackmail.”

15.03.2019 - 19:42 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Denies Sex Tape After Iranians Hack Phone, Says There’s No Threat of Extortion

In special press conference, main Netanyahu rival calls the story ‚a political spin,‘ said no compromising data was found in phone ■ Likud petitions election committee not to allow live broadcast for fear of electioneering

15.03.2019 - 19:42 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Keeps Falling While Far-right Zehut Stabilizes, Poll Shows

As it stands, Kahol Lavan maintains a lead of only three seats.

The poll also shows that if the elections were to take place today, six parties would teeter on the brink of the electoral threshold. Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu, the United Arab List-Balad, Meretz, Moshe Feiglin’s Zehut party and Naftali Bennet and Ayelet Shaked’s Hayamin Hehadash would all make the minimum four seats needed to enter Knesset.

15.03.2019 - 09:55 [ Alexandra Allio De Corato ‏/ Twitter ]

Israel says Iran hacked phone of ex-general Gantz whose party leads in the polls ahead of Israeli election

12.03.2019 - 18:02 [ Haaretz ]

A State on the Edge of the Abyss

It’s a shame that Benny Gantz and his partners are trying to mimic Likud instead of presenting a program to pull Israeli society – its growing minorities in particular – from an educational brink

10.03.2019 - 17:49 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz’s Party Releases Platform: Deepen Separation From Palestinians, Strengthen Settlement Blocs

(6.3.2019) Kahol Lavan, the new party headed by Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid, released its party platform on Wednesday in advance of the April 9 Knesset election.

01.03.2019 - 19:07 [ Sueddeutsche Zeitung ]

Die Zeit ist reif für Netanjahus Rücktritt

Da seine Anwälte schon sämtliche rechtlichen Geschütze aufgefahren haben und Netanjahu selbst bei den Ermittlungen zwölf Mal befragt wurde, ist nicht damit zu rechnen, dass ihm am Ende erspart bleibt, vor Gericht zu erscheinen. Außerdem waren die Topjuristen des Landes an Mandelblits Entscheidung beteiligt.

24.02.2019 - 14:18 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Will Overtake Netanyahu by Six Knesset Seats, Poll Predicts

The poll, conducted over the weekend after final party rosters were submitted to Israel’s Central Elections Committee on Thursday, saw Kahol Lavan getting 35 Knesset seats and Likud, Israel’s ruling party, 29.

The survey also showed that a center-left-wing bloc would receive as many seats as a right-wing one: