Labor denies saving top slot for former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz

According to a report in Maariv, the duo have been negotiating in recent months and came to an agreement by which Gantz would be the candidate for prime minister for the Zionist Union.

By
June 10, 2018 01:08
1 minute read.
Benny Gantz

Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz delivers an address in Atlit praising the successes of the elite ‘Shayetet 13’ naval commando unit.. (photo credit: IDF SPOKESMAN'S OFFICE)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

The Labor Party on Friday denied reports that leader Avi Gabbay agreed to have former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz become the party’s candidate for prime minister.

According to a report in Maariv, the duo have been negotiating in recent months and came to an agreement by which Gantz would be the candidate for prime minister for the Zionist Union – a bloc made up of Labor and the Tzipi Livni Party – and Gabbay would remain chairman of Labor and first on its list for the Knesset.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Labor responded that the report was “incorrect.”

“Labor is a democratic party whose candidate for prime minister is chosen in primaries and not through deals,” the party’s spokeswoman said. “We have great appreciation for Benny Gantz and his ability to continue to contribute to Israeli public life.

“We believe that the Labor Party is suitable for him and he is suitable for it, and if he wants, he will be accepted with open arms,” the spokeswoman added.

Gantz’s post-military cooling- off period, before he can legally enter politics, ends in February, and a number of parties are thought to be courting him.

Last month, Gantz said he would not rule out running with any party, including the Likud. Many in the political sphere have assumed that his positions would be to the Left of the Likud, although he has not made any clear public statements of political opinion.

JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Margot, an Israeli resident, offers her thoughts on the conflict in Gaza
November 14, 2018
Israelis weigh in on response to Gaza

By JOSH AXELROD