Benny Gantz

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Benny Gantz
בנימין "בני" גנץ
Gantz in 2017
Leader of the Opposition
Assumed office
30 April 2019
PresidentReuven Rivlin
Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu
Preceded byShelly Yachimovich
20th Chief of the General Staff
In office
14 February 2011 – 16 February 2015
Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu
Preceded byGabi Ashkenazi
Succeeded byGadi Eizenkot
Personal details
Born (1959-06-09) 9 June 1959 (age 60)
Kfar Ahim, Israel
Military career
Allegiance Israel
Service/branchFlag of the Israel Defense Forces.svg Israel Defense Forces
Years of service1977–2015
RankIDF rav aluf rotated.svg Rav Aluf (Lieutenant general; highest rank)
UnitParatroopers Brigade
Commands held
AwardsCommander of the Legion of Merit (United States)

Benjamin "Benny" Gantz (Hebrew: בנימין "בני" גנץ; born 9 June 1959) is an Israeli politician and general. He was the 20th Chief of General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces from 14 February 2011 to 16 February 2015.[1][2] In April 2019, Gantz became Opposition Leader.

In December 2018, he created a new political party named Israel Resilience (Hosen L'Yisrael).[3][4] The party later merged with Telem and Yesh Atid to form Kachol Lavan.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz Appointed 20th IDF Chief of the General Staff". Israel Defense Forces. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
  2. Haaretz Service (14 February 2011). "Gantz takes over as IDF chief: I am ready to face the challenges". Haaretz. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
  3. Moran Azulay (27 December 2018). "Benny Gantz registers new political party". Ynetnews.
  4. Wootliff, Raoul. "Surrounded by idioms: How campaign slogans get lost in English translation". Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  5. Staff writer. "United Gantz-Lapid party to be called 'Blue and White'; no women in top 6". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 21 February 2019.