Hosen Leyisrael

Hosen Leyisrael
Leader: Benny Gantz
Current Seats: 0 (new party)
Supports/Opposes Two-State Solution: Unclear

Former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz launched Hosen Leyisrael for the 2019 elections following months of discussion about the ex-general’s political ambitions.

Benny Gantz has refrained from taking explicit positions on many issues, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The party has not released a platform, but Gantz did lay out his program in a January speech. During his address, he spoke in favor of religious pluralism, including public transit on the sabbath for municipalities that elect to have it, better relations with minorities, a robust security stance, and peace.

Gantz’s exact vision of peace remains unclear. In his speech, he praised the Wye River Memorandum and Hebron agreement, as well as Netanyahu’s Bar-Ilan speech (conditional endorsement of a two-state solution). In the absence of an agreement with the Palestinians, Gantz said that he would strengthen settlement blocs and maintain the Jordan Valley (the eastern edge of the West Bank) as Israel’s security border. Former IDF Chief of Staff and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, whose Telem bloc joined Hosen Leyisrael in late January, is a known opponent of two states, a position he reaffirmed after Gantz’s speech. How Yaalon’s positions figure in to Hosen Leyisrael’s program remains to be seen.

Hosen Leyisrael leader Benny Gantz is a career military officer who was IDF chief of staff from 2011-15, serving during the 2012 and 2014 Gaza wars.