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|Vice Prime Minister of Israel|
17 May 2020
|Prime Minister||Benjamin Netanyahu|
|Preceded by||Office established
|Speaker of the Knesset|
26 March 2020 – 17 May 2020
|Preceded by||Yuli Edelstein|
|Succeeded by||Yariv Levin|
|20th Chief of the General Staff|
14 February 2011 – 16 February 2015
|Prime Minister||Benjamin Netanyahu|
|Preceded by||Gabi Ashkenazi|
|Succeeded by||Gadi Eizenkot|
|Born||9 June 1959
Kfar Ahim, Israel
|Alma mater||Tel Aviv University
University of Haifa
National Defense University
|Branch/service||Israel Defense Forces|
|Years of service||1977–2015|
|Awards||Commander of the Legion of Merit (United States)|
|Knessets||21, 22, 23|
|Faction represented in Knesset|
|2019-||Blue and White (Resilience)|
Benjamin "Benny" Gantz (Hebrew: בנימין "בני" גנץ; born 9 June 1959) is an Israeli politician and general. In March 2020, Gantz was elected Speaker of the Knesset. He was the 20th Chief of General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces from 14 February 2011 to 16 February 2015. In May 2020, he became the Vice Prime Minister of Israel.
Gantz is scheduled to become Prime Minister on 17 November 2021.
Gantz was born in Kfar Ahim, Israel, in 1959. His mother Malka was a Holocaust survivor. His father was arrested by the British authorities for trying to enter Palestine illegally. His parents were among the founders of Moshav Kfar Ahim, a cooperative agricultural community in south-central Israel.
He has a bachelor's degree in history from Tel Aviv University, a master's degree in political science from the University of Haifa, and an additional master's degree in National Resources Management from the National Defense University in the United States.
Chief of the General Staff
On 13 February 2011, the Israeli government unanimously approved Gantz to be the next IDF chief of staff. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated in the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem that Gantz was an "excellent officer and experienced commander, and had rich operational and logistical experience, with all the attributes needed to be a successful army commander".
In his first year as Chief of the General Staff, Gantz appointed the IDF's first-ever female major-general, Orna Barbivai.
In July 2011, Gantz appointed a special committee to talk about a controversy that had started after a concerning mention of the word Elohim, "God", in the military Yizkor prayer. The committee determined that a passage should read Yizkor 'Am Yisrael, "May the Nation of Israel remember", and not Yizkor Elohim, "May God remember". Gantz supported the committee's ruling.
Gantz commanded the IDF when it fought against Palestinian factions in Gaza and Operation Protective Edge.
Gantz was the chairman of the Fifth Dimension which specialized in tracking via smartphone spyware. The company closed due to financial reasons.
In December 2018, he created a new political party named Israel Resilience (Hosen L'Yisrael). The party later merged with Telem and Yesh Atid to form Kachol Lavan.
On 20 April 2020, Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu announced an agreement on a unity government had been reached following the 2020 legislative election. The deal would involve both parties splitting power and Gantz and Netanyahu taking turns being prime minister. The deal says Gantz will be Vice Prime Minister until October 2021, by then he will become Prime Minister.
On 26 March 2020, Gantz was elected as Knesset speaker, replacing Likud's Yuli-Yoel Edelstein who resigned. He vowed that he would not serve under 'corrupt leader' who faces criminal charges.
On 17 May 2020, Gantz became Defense Minister and also Vice Prime Minister in the Fifth Netanyahu Government.
Gantz is married to Revital, with whom he has four children. He lives in Rosh HaAyin.
Mansour Abbas (The Joint List - Ra'am) • Naftali Bennett (Yamina - New Right) • Yael Cohen-Paran (Green Party) • Aryeh Deri (Shas) • Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism - Degel HaTorah) • Benny Gantz (Blue and White - Israel Resilience) • Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz) • Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid-Telem - Yesh Atid) • Orly Levy (Gesher) • Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beiteinu) • Ya'akov Litzman (United Torah Judaism - Agudat Yisrael) • Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud) • Ayman Odeh (The Joint List - Hadash) • Amir Peretz (HaAvoda) • Rafi Peretz (HaBayit HaYehudi) • Mtanes Shehadeh (The Joint List - Balad) • Bezalel Smotrich (Yamina - Tkuma) • Ahmad Tibi (The Joint List - Ta'al) • Moshe Ya'alon (Yesh Atid-Telem - Telem)
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