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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Anyone but Bibi: In Israel, Ex-General Stirs Hope of Change

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7Dnews London

Fri, 08 Feb 2019 19:21 GMT

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.

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