14 September 2019 Benny Gantz, the alternative to Netanyahu

Benny Gantz (Kfar Ahim, 1959) has emerged as the main candidate to confront Netanyahu in the polls, with his party obtaining in the past round of elections held in April only 0.30 per cent less votes than the current Prime Minister’s party. Gantz is a former IDF chief of staff who enjoys popularity in the country but he is also a newcomer to politics. He is the leader of Kahol Lavan (Blue and White), a newly formed political alliance set up to run for the past April elections where Gantz has joined forces with two additional former IDF chiefs of staff – former Minister of Defence Moshe Yaalon and Gabi Ashkenazi – as well as with former Minister of Finance Yair Lapid. In this way, Gantz presents himself as the leader of a centrist force, which avoids focusing on the Palestinian issue while emphasizing aspects of good governance and security expertise.