No matter how much Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud want to convince us that Benny Gantz and his party are left-wing, they’re not. Hosen Leyisrael appears to to be very much a right-wing party revisionist party with social justice elements.  A quick look at the party’s list is all you need in order to see this clearly and to better understand Gantz’s party’s political platform.

Moshe Ya’alon: Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon is an Israeli politician and former chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces, who also served as Israel’s defense minister under Benjamin Netanyahu from 2013 until his resignation in 2016. Ya’alon mentioned that the reason behind his resignation is based on “Difficult disagreements on moral and professional matters” with Prime Minister Netanyahu and warned that “extreme and dangerous elements have taken over Israel and the Likud party.”

Despite his disagreements with Netanyahu, Yaalon’s political view regarding the Palestinians and Israel’s security can be categorized as right-wing. Ya’alon is known for his strong criticism of the disengagement from Gaza and his opposition to the idea of returning to the 1967 borders. In a 2005 interview with Ha’aretz, Ya’alon mentioned that the Palestinians have not yet come to terms with the existence of the State of Israel and claimed that a two-state solution is not viable as it will only lead to another violent uprising. In his book, A Short Long Way, Ya’alon described the conflict in Israel as part of a culture war that is taking place in the Middle East, a war between a Western culture that sanctifies life and an Islamic Jihad that sanctifies death. Ya’alon also explained that the settlements are not the source of Palestinian motivation for terrorist activity and that the main reason for terrorism is Palestinian education.

After resigning from government Ya’alon said that he would run for office and form a new party. This led to the formation of the Telem party which later merged with Israel Resilience Party led by Benny Gantz.

Zvi Hauser: Hauser is an attorney raised in Ramat Gan who served as a media adviser for the Likud party and Benjamin Netanyahu, and as Israel’s seventeenth cabinet secretary between the years 2009 and 2013. Hauser is also a senior fellow at Kohelet Policy Forum, an organization that has been known for its conservative views regarding economics and nationalism and is one of the main contributors in the promotion of the Nation-State Law.

In an interview for Haaretz, Ari Shavit described Hauser as representing the Tel Aviv right-wing by developing a unique national outlook that was influenced both by Jabotinsky and by the right wing of the historical labor movement. Hauser has been cited saying that “the Palestinians are not willing to recognize the State of Israel as the state of the Jewish people” and that “the right had failed by bringing only 600,000 people beyond the Green Line. If there were two million Jews in Judea and Samaria, the situation would have looked different.” In an interview for Yedioth Aharonoth last week, Hauser mentioned that his party would act to expand the settlements no less than Benjamin Netanyahu. In response to the question of whether Gantz will evacuate settlements, Hauser said, “Telem will promote the strengthening of settlements everywhere in the country, beyond what is being done today.”

Dr. Yoaz Hendel:  Yoaz Hendel grew up in the settlement of Elkana and is a military historian and journalist serving as the chairman of the Institute for Zionist Strategies. He formerly served as director of communications and public diplomacy for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and was a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University where he taught courses on terror and guerrilla warfare. Hendel has described himself as liberal nationalist with a pragmatic right-wing vision.

In 2013 he established the human rights organization called the Blue and White Human Rights Association, citing that “the Jewish right over Israel is accompanied by a moral obligation.” Unlike other human rights organizations operating in the territories, their policy is not to provide information to the media about human rights violations, but to give the information to the army’s authorized investigations. Hendel claimed that he supports maximum separation from the Palestinians, but does not see any possibility of fulfilling a peace agreement in this generation. Hendel suggested annexing the settlement bloc and Jordan Valley, giving citizenship to the Arabs living there and, in return, to increase the Palestinian Authority’s territory in Areas A and B. He has called his proposal “maximizing the Israeli consensus and minimizing the boundaries of dispute.” In an interview Hendel said that there is no “ultimate solution to the dispute.”

Members of the party whose platforms focus more on social justice policies and less on security issues:

Miki Haimovich:  Haimovich is a renowned journalist and former news anchor. This is her first jump into politics after a long and successful career in journalism. Her activism throughout the years has been in promoting a greener and more sustainable environment. Furthermore, she has led vegetarianism campaigns such as “Meatless Mondays” and has created many documentary series on healthy living.

Moshe Yehiel (Hili) Tropper: Hili Tropper is an educator and social worker who serves as director of the Education, Welfare, and Cultural Department in Yeruham. He is one of the founders and chairmen of the “Good Neighbor” organization, which deals with the distribution of food baskets to needy families and the establishment of learning centers for underprivileged children. He is also one of the founders of the B’magalei Tzedek organization, which seeks to promote social justice through connection with the Jewish tradition. Tropper was also the principle of the Branco Weiss Ramla high school, which is intended for youth who have dropped out of the system and are given another chance. Tropper sees himself as a “new Zionist” and believes that “the most important thing is the people of Israel, and for me Zionism means social action that will lead to the construction of a model society.”

Orit Farkash HaCohen: Farkash-HaCohen is an attorney who served as chairman of the Electricity Authority in 2015. She was ousted by Netanyahu and Yuval Steinitz in August 2015 in an accelerated proceeding due to her opposition to the gas outline.

Michael Biton: Biton served as the mayor of Yeruham from 2010 to 2018. He was also head of Yeruham’s local community center, managed the Jewish Agency’s Be’er Sheva District, and founded the nonprofit Youth of Yeruham. Since becoming mayor, Biton has been credited with Yeruham’s turnaround from a corrupt government to an up and coming city and he is a well-known leader in the fight against income inequality.

Meirav Cohen: Born and raised in Jerusalem, Cohen is the former director of the Public Trust Organization, a social organization that works to change the rules of conduct of businesses in Israel to instill an economic culture based on fairness. She has also been a member of the Jerusalem City Council and served as the socio-economic spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office during the tenure of Ariel Sharon. Cohen was a member of Tzipi Livni’s Hatnuah party and has received public attention in recent months as a result of her activity in preventing the exploitation of elderly people.

Although Gantz’s list is not yet final, by Looking at the current members, one cannot ignore the fact that the Israel Resilience party falls under the right-wing Revisionist Zionist camp, a camp whose main party has always been the Likud. Members of his party whose agendas focus on national and security aspects are ex-Likudniks known for their pro-settlement, nationalist views. The addition of some of Israel’s leading social activists to the list can be understood as part of the party’s strategy to become the new and alternative leader of this camp. That is to say, his party is proposing a more clean, direct, and moral right-wing, a new Zionist movement for Israel’s future.

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