Former military chief Benny Gantz has burst on Israel's political scene as the great hope of the country's shrinking "peace camp" with a message that is anything but dove-like.
According to AP, the retired general, who wants to topple prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the April 9 elections, boasts of killing Palestinian militants, and aligns himself with political hard-liners. He also fires back at Netanyahu's criticism with scathing counter attacks.
Gantz's ready-to-rumble rhetoric appears to be the only way to bring down the long-serving Netanyahu. That is turning him into an unlikely source of hope for Israelis who are troubled by their country's half-century rule over the Palestinians.
However, opinion polls forecast victory for Netanyahu's Likud Party. But since Gantz's maiden political speech last month, his new "Israel Resilience" party has emerged as a formidable electoral force.