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Gantz Annexed to the Right

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In the run-up to the third round of elections, and apparently based on an assumption that left-wing voters are in the pocket of the camp headed by the Kahol Lavan chairman, the battle for right-wing voters is heating up. On Tuesday morning Benny Gantz toured the Jordan Valley and said he would work to extend Israeli sovereignty to the area. “The Jordan Valley is Israel’s eastern defense wall in any future scenario,” he declared, and even offered veiled criticism of previous governments that had discussed the possibility of relinquishing it, saying they had “made a grave strategic and security mistake.”

Even though Gantz later stressed that the process of annexing the area would be coordinated with the international community, annexation advocates on the right can view his remarks as an........

© Haaretz