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Where Are You Going, Gantz?

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They were racking their brains at Kahol Lavan headquarters, trying feverishly to find a big issue to infuse some life into their election campaign – something along the lines of Ehud Barak’s promise during the 1999 campaign to withdraw the Israel Defense Forces from Lebanon within a year.

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In the end, Benny Gantz decided to go with this: “In the next round we will defeat Hamas, we will eliminate Hamas’ leaders and pulverize [Gaza].” Such a promise should attract Israelis, coming from a former chief of IDF General Staff and hitting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in one of his weak spots.

Gantz has been making a great effort these past few weeks to sprout leadership wings, to rise above the neutering four-member “cockpit.” He publicly chastised Yair Lapid for his campaign video that offended the ultra-Orthodox, announced during a tour of the Jordan Valley that the area will remain under Israeli control forever, and declared to Ynet that if Netanyahu were ready to give him first turn as prime minister in a rotation agreement, there might be something to talk about.........

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