Benny Gantz

Benny Gantz: Israeli Voters Want Unity Government

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz on Thursday dismissed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s offer of a unity government that includes all the religious right-wing parties, insisting that the next coalition should have himself as prime minister, not Netanyahu, and be committed to liberal policies on religious issues.

Retired Israeli General Benny Gantz, leader and candidate of the Israel Resilience party that is part of the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) political alliance, gestures during a press conference in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, on September 19, 2019. - Benny Gantz, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's …

Deadlocked Knesset Continues as Final Votes Get Counted

With 89.8 percent of votes having been counted by the Central Elections Committee, Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party on Wednesday was projected to secure 32 seats in the Knesset, edging ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud, which stood at 31 seats.

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 17: A man looks at the TV exit polls at the Likud Party after vote event on September 17, 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. All TV exit polls see no clear winner in Isreal's elections. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

Exit Polls Show No Clear Winner in Israeli Election

Exit polls from all three of Israel’s major television networks project no clear winner in today’s historic Israeli elections, which took place five months after the last round of voting failed to form a stable governing coalition for the first time in the country’s history.

TEL AVIV - A majority of Israelis believe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will beat his main political rival Benny Gantz in April's elections and serve another term, tie David Ben-Gurion and become the longest-serving prime minister in Israel's history, a new poll aired Monday showed.

Israel Votes: Netanyahu Wins Big in Rocket-Battered Sderot

TEL AVIV – After almost all the votes had been tallied Wednesday, a clear picture of a country divided along partisan lines emerged, with Likud and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu representing one half of the map and Blue and White- and the dream of changing the “old guard” that its leader Benny Gantz symbolized for so many – standing in for the other. 

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - APRIL 10: Prime Minster of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara greet supporters during his after vote speech on April 10, 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz each declared that they won Tuesday's election after …

Netanyahu: There Will Be No Palestinian State

TEL AVIV – The U.S. is fully aware of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s flat rejection of the creation of a Palestinian state along with his plans to annex West Bank settlements, the Israeli premier said on Monday.

Netanyahu's annexation pledge condemned by election challenger

Final Polls: Gantz Leading but Right-Wing Bloc Stronger

The final batch of polls conducted before Tuesday’s elections showed the centrist Blue and White widening its lead over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, even as the surveys unanimously indicated that the incumbent prime minister was best positioned to form the next government.

This combination of pictures created on April 02, 2019 shows (L) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking to journalists in Jerusalem on February 3, 2019 and former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz delivering his first electoral speech in Tel Aviv on January 29, 2019