Former Military Chief Jumps Into Politics; Registers Party

YERUSHALAYIM (AP) -
Benny Gantz. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Retired IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz said he is running for office in the upcoming election. He registered his new party, “Israel Resilience,” on Thursday.

Gantz has been polling favorably in recent weeks. Even before officially entering the fray, polls have shown his hypothetical party coming in second to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud.

Elections have been called for April 9.

Gantz has yet to lay out his worldview or political platform. Though still short of the kind of support likely needed to become prime minister, his candidacy captures a yearning in Israel for an alternative to Netanyahu.