Benny Gantz serves as Israel's Defense Minister and heads the Blue and White Party.
He was born in Kfar Ahim, a moshav that his parents helped found. His mother was a Holocaust survivor and his father was arrested by British authorities for attempting to enter pre-State Israel.
Gantz was drafted to the IDF in 1977 and served in the 1982 Lebanon war. He also participated in Operation Solomon, a covert mission that rescued Ethiopian Jews in 1991.
After 38 years as the IDF's chief of staff, in 2018 Gantz announced the formation of a new political party, what would later become Blue and White.
He earned a history degree from Tel Aviv University, a Political Science masters degree from Haifa University and a National Resource Management master’s degree from the United States National Defense University.
He and his wife, Revital, live in Rosh Ha’ayin.
Gantz complained to Bennett behind closed doors at Sunday’s cabinet meeting for not giving him credit for the government remaining intact.
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Gantz offered words of comfort and encouragement at the Yom Hazikaron ceremony on Wednesday morning.
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"Israel values freedom of worship and we will do everything in our capacity to enable it, while an extremist group - the minority - aims to harm it," the defense minister said.
The Erez crossing has been closed to traders and workers from the Gaza Strip since Sunday following rocket fire at Israel in recent days.
The defense minister issued a warning to Palestinian terror groups, saying the unstable Gazan economy will suffer from another conflict.