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 Alternate Prime Minister of Israel.
|Alternate Prime Minister of Israel|
|Assumed office |
17 May 2020
Serving with Benjamin Netanyahu
|Preceded by||Office created|
|Minister of Defense|
|Assumed office |
17 May 2020
|Prime Minister||Benjamin Netanyahu|
|Preceded by||Naftali Bennett|
|17th 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)|
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 StaffEdit
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 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.
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 17 May 2020, Gantz became Defense Minister and also Vice Prime Minister in the Fifth Netanyahu Government.
- "Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz Appointed 20th IDF Chief of the General Staff". Israel Defense Forces. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
- Haaretz Service (14 February 2011). "Gantz takes over as IDF chief: I am ready to face the challenges". Haaretz. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
- Gil Hoffman (17 May 2020). "New Israeli government finally under way". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
- Aderet, Ofer (8 April 2013). "Israel commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day". Haaretz.
- Winer, Stuart; Shmulovich, Michael (8 April 2013). "In Auschwitz, Israeli army chief vows to prevent a 'second Holocaust'". The Times of Israel.
- "גנץ ונתניהו נפגשו והתחברו למקורות ולשורשים". ערוץ 7.
- Ravid, Barak (13 February 2011). "Benny Gatz becomes IDF's 20th chief of staff". Haaretz. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
- Keinon, Herb (13 February 2011). "Gantz appointment as IDF chief sails through cabinet". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
- "Newly Appointed Head of the Personnel Directorate, GOC Northern Command, GOC Home Front Command". IDF Spokesperson's Unit. 26 March 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
Brig. Gen. Orna Barbivay will be promoted to the rank of Major General and appointed Head of the Personnel Directorate, replacing Maj. Gen. Avi Zamir, who will end his service in the IDF.
- "Israeli military appoints first female major general". Monsters and Critics. Tel Aviv. Deutsche Presse-Agentur. 26 May 2011. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has promoted the first female major general in its 63-year history, a military spokesman announced Thursday night.
- Katz, Yaakov (4 August 2011). "IDF panel keeps God out of Yizkor prayer". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
The IDF will retain the original wording of the Yizkor memorial prayer with 'Yizkor Am Yisrael' (May the People of Israel Remember), and not 'Yizkor Elohim' (May God Remember), a military committee tasked with ruling on the issue announced on Thursday.
- Yossi Arazi and Gal Perl Finkel, "Integrating Technologies to Protect the Home Front against Ballistic Threats and Cruise Missiles", Military and Strategic Affairs, Volume 5, No. 3, December 2013.
- "NSO in talks to buy Israeli intelligence co Fifth Dimension". Globes. 11 November 2018.
- Hoffman, Gil. (16 December 2018). "Did Stormy Daniels cause Benny Gantz's Cyber Company to close shop?" Jerusalem Post website Retrieved 16 December 2018.
- "Israeli Startup Headed by Ex-top Security Officials Shuts Due to Link With Sanctioned Oligarch". Haaretz. 17 December 2018. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
- Moran Azulay (27 December 2018). "Benny Gantz registers new political party". Ynetnews.
- Wootliff, Raoul. "Surrounded by idioms: How campaign slogans get lost in English translation". www.timesofisrael.com. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
- 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.
- Gil Hoffman (20 April 2020). "After 17-month stalemate, Netanyahu and Gantz strike unity deal". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
- "Benny Gantz elected Israeli speaker, signalling deal with Netanyahu" The Guardian
- "Benny Gantz, Netanyahu Rival, Gives Campaign Launch Speech – Full English Transcript". Haaretz. 30 January 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
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)