Benny Gantz, former chief of staff of the Israeli forces who could be the most serious contender for the succession of Benjamin Netanyahu next year, founded Thursday a political party.
The statutes of this Israeli Party of Resilience, communicated to the press after their filing, do not allow to assess the ideological orientation. Its founder is committed to ensuring that Israel remains a “Jewish and democratic country”, and promises to put security and the economy high on its agenda.
According to polls, Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud is expected to win easily in the April 9 legislative elections, which he announced on Monday. Thirty of the 120 seats in the Knesset could come back to him, which would allow the renewal of the outgoing right-wing coalition. Benny Gantz’s party would come in second place with about fifteen seats.
Benjamin Netanyahu will seek a fifth term despite the three corruption investigations in which the police have recommended his indictment. The prosecutor’s decision is expected in the coming weeks. A candidacy of Benny Gantz would fragment the opposition a little more and could favor the re-election of the Prime Minister.
The former Chief of Staff has 59 years old.