Gantz forgets name of murdered IDF soldier while on the air

The leader of Blue and White, who hopes to become the next prime minister, apologized after a momentary blackout when he failed to recall the name of the killed youth.

August 10, 2019 01:19
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Benny Gantz has awoken from his post-election slumber.

Benny Gantz has awoken from his post-election slumber.. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

Blue and White leader and former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz was unable to remember the surname of the slain 19-year-old soldier who was killed on Thursday, Channel 13 reported. 
“We are here, not far from the scene where this morning Dvir…” Gantz begins and realizes he forgot the surname. “Dvir Sorek,” a man from outside the camera shot says to him and he apologizes. 
This is not the first time that Gantz has made mistakes on live television. 
In March, he gave an interview to Channel 12 in which he kept repeating the name of the reporter he was speaking with, Yonit Levi. The interview was so odd, the Israeli web made it go viral; Noy Eilish even created a mix in which Gantz stutters the name Yonit to a Greek melody. 
Earlier this month, he responded to a question asking whether he might join a unity government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by saying: “We will do what is best for Israel.”

He later returned to the reporter to clarify that his intention is to replace Netanyahu as prime minister and not to form an alliance with him. 
Noy Eilish is fairly famous in Israel for creating mash-up songs that make fun of such well known people as Netanyahu and the late Muammar Gaddafi. 

In a 2014 mash-up, Eilish shows Netanyahu and Isaac Herzog "singing" to one another. "Israel is stuck with you and you're stuck without answers to the people," Herzog "sings" to the prime minister, who responds by "singing" back: "for you people, if you don't evacuate settlements nothing else matters."     

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