Archiv: Benny Gantz


22.02.2019 - 20:08 [ israelnationalnews.com ]

Haredi MK: Lapid-Gantz list will cause ‚civil war‘

Knesset Vice Chairman Yisrael Eichler (UTJ) expressed concern over MK Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party joining together with Benny Gantz’s new „Israel Resilience“ party, Kikar Hashabbat reported.

In his opinion, if the Lapid-Gantz joint party comes to power, it will seriously harm the haredi community, causing a bloodless „civil war.“

22.02.2019 - 20:00 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Netanyahu: Lapid, Gantz will endanger security, destroy economy

“We may have a left-wing, Lapid-Gantz government relying on Arab parties. A government like this will destroy our economy. Sooner or later, probably sooner, they will establish a Palestinian state… that will endanger our existence,” he said.

22.02.2019 - 19:54 [ Washington Post ]

Netanyahu’s election rivals merge as Israeli leader makes pact with extreme right

One of those factions is Otzma Yehudit, or Jewish Power, made up of followers of the late Meir Kahane, an ultranationalist American Israeli rabbi. Israeli commentators and U.S. Jewish groups immediately decried the move, saying the faction was clearly an offshoot of Kahane’s Kach party, a group that is designated a terrorist organization by the State Department and banned in Israel.

22.02.2019 - 19:42 [ CBN.com ]

New Blue and White Party Projected to Beat Netanyahu in Upcoming Election

Also part of the Blue and White party alliance is Moshe Ya’alon’s Telem, which made an alliance with Israel Resilience last month.

If the new faction wins the election, Gantz and Lapid would both serve as Israel’s Prime Minister. Gantz will serve for the first two and a half years while Lapid will be foreign minister and Ya’alon will lead the Defense Ministry.

07.02.2019 - 10:44 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Gantz: Israel should not be ruling over another people

Daum: Moshe Ya’alon, your partner, thinks the Oslo Accords were a terrible disaster. He opposed the Gaza disengagement and he thinks there is no Palestinian partner to talk to. Where do you stand on these issues?

Gantz: The main question is that of security. It needs to ensure the State of Israel’s security. Now, there’s a question of interest here. We—and Netanyahu said this in his Bar-Ilan speech (a 2009 address in which the prime minister backed Palestinian statehood) —are not looking to control anyone else. We need to find a way in which we’re not controlling other people.

07.02.2019 - 10:43 [ voanews.com ]

Netanyahu Rival: Israel Should Not Control Palestinians

The leading challenger to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a published interview Wednesday that Israel should „find a way“ to end its control over the Palestinians.

Former military chief Benny Gantz made the comments in an interview with the Ynet news site. It was his first interview with the Israeli media since his maiden political speech last week.

31.01.2019 - 08:20 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Closes Gap on Netanyahu: Dramatic Rise in Polls After Debut Speech

When asked who should be prime minister, 36% of those polled by Channel 12 said Netanyahu while 35% said Gantz.

A poll held last week showed that Netanyahu would lose four Knesset seats if Attorney General Avichai Medelblit announces his intention to indict him for accepting bribes ahead of the election.

31.01.2019 - 08:16 [ Haaretz ]

Benny Gantz Breaks Silence: Netanyahu Is No King, Can’t Keep Seat if Indicted

Former Israel Defense Forces chief Benny Gantz, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s biggest challenger, formally announced his candidacy for the premiership Tuesday and said his government would „strive toward peace and not miss an opportunity to achieve peace in the region.“

„Netanyahu is no king, his government sows division and incitement,“ Gantz said, speaking at the Tel Aviv Convention Center.

28.01.2019 - 12:42 [ Haaretz ]

Ex-IDF Chief Benny Gantz Is Killing It in the Israeli Elections. Literally

I, for one, did not mind Gantz’s prolonged political silence, and watching his first campaign videos shows he realizes what must be done to emerge victorious from this choking labyrinth: You must rise above it all so you can burn it all down with napalm.

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„Israel before everything. Only the strong prevails. I kill mucho Arabs, green means army, army means strength, Star of David in yo’ face!“

28.01.2019 - 12:41 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Israeli ex-general Benny Gantz ‘uses stolen Palestinian film’ for campaign video boasting of destruction in Gaza

Benny Gantz was the head of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) during the 2014 conflict but has now entered politics and is running against Benjamin Netanyahu in April’s elections.

The 59-year-old has said little about his political positions so far but released a series of videos burnishing his military credentials.

One boasts of killing 1,364 Palestinian terrorists during the war, while another says that under Mr Gantz’s command “parts of Gaza were sent back to the Stone Age.” The videos make no mention of the 1,462 civilians killed during the conflict, according to a UN count.

04.01.2019 - 20:01 [ Haaretz ]

Benny Gantz, Seen as Top Netanyahu Challenger, to Deliver First Campaign Speech

Gantz, the leader of the newly founded party Hosen L’Yisrael who is currently seen as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s main rival, has kept silent about his plans and platform. In his speech he is expected to detail why he decided to run for Knesset as well as his agenda.

According to two polls released on Wednesday, Gantz’s party would receive 12 to 14 seats.

29.12.2018 - 20:41 [ NPR.org ]

Former Israeli General Jumps Into 2019 Race To Challenge Netanyahu

ESTRIN: What Benny Gantz did today was form a new party called Israel Resilience. The word in Hebrew, (speaking Hebrew), indicates a toughness. And he used the word in a speech last month when he offered veiled criticism of the current leadership. There had been a lot of speculation that Gantz might run for office. When pollsters asked Israelis who they’d vote for, Gantz came in second even before he announced his candidacy. Gantz hasn’t spelled out his political platform yet, but Israeli commentators believe he’ll brand himself a centrist.

03.06.2018 - 10:57 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Is ‘Sabotaged’ Again

The impression one gets is that anyone who thinks differently from Netanyahu, and not just on security issues, is immediately suspected of sabotaging him, and in the prime minister’s view, all means of acting against such people are legitimate. After all, Netanyahu also frequently and irresponsibly throws out hints of “coups” and accusations that he’s being undermined by the police, the police commissioner and the judicial system.

03.06.2018 - 10:33 [ Haaretz ]

A Non-denial Denial: Did Netanyahu Ask ex-Shin Bet Chief to Tap IDF, Mossad Heads?

Yoram Cohen says he never got ’specific‘ instructions from Netanyahu to listen in on Tamir Pardo and Benny Gantz, though the explosive report mentioned a general request to tap a series of confidants

01.06.2018 - 20:23 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Didn’t Ask Me to Specifically Tap Phones of ex-Mossad and IDF Heads, ex-Shin Bet Chief Says

The Prime Minister’s Office told Uvda: “The claim that the prime minister asked the head of the Shin Bet to listen in on the chief of staff and the head of the Mossad is completely unfounded. This is a total distortion of systemic efforts that are made from time to time to maintain information security regarding sensitive matters of paramound importance to Israel’s security. The decision of what means to use and against who is in the hands of the authorized officials.”

01.06.2018 - 20:06 [ Haaretz ]

Ex-Mossad Chief Says He Questioned Legality of Netanyahu’s Order to Prepare Iran Strike

(31.5.2018) According to the show, Netanyahu told Pardo and then chief of staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz to prepare the military to be able to launch an attack on Iran within 15 days of being given the order to do so.

The interview with journalist Ilana Dayan is to be broadcast on Thursday.

01.06.2018 - 19:58 [ Haaretz / googleusercontent.com ]

‚Netanyahu Asked Shin Bet Head to Listen to Phones of then-IDF, Mossad Chiefs‘

(31.5.2018) “I do not want to believe that in Israel, which is a democratic state, the prime minister is asking the Shin Bet to tap the chief of staff or me,” Pardo said in an interview. He added: „Wiretapping is the greatest possible [sign of] lack of trust. I never asked to wiretap any of my employees in the Mossad. Never. It never even crossed my mind. In my view, that’s outside the rules of the game.”