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Eisenkot Is Right on Primaries

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A year and a half ago, I wrote enraged criticism here about the campaign to run the latest general, Gadi Eisenkot, for Knesset. I thought, and still do, that the attraction of the center-left to high-ranking military officers had become a parody of itself.

Eisenkot is still the hottest name in the market of the centrist parties – but it is still unclear what his worldview is, beyond the halo of the IDF chief of staff. Up until Sunday, when he announced that he would be running jointly with Benny Gantz and Gideon Sa’ar, he sat comfortably on the fence, waiting for the red carpet to be rolled out for him.

But on one issue I actually support him totally: According to a report by Amit Segal on Channel 12 News, one of Eisenkot’s conditions for joining a party led by Yair Lapid or Gantz was that the party hold broad primaries. According to Segal’s report, Lapid was “more excited” to accept the demand, and said his party has already begun the process........

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