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January 29, 2019 12:04 pm

Former IDF Generals Gantz and Ya’alon Join Forces in Bid to Oust Netanyahu in Upcoming Knesset Elections

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Then-IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and then-Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon oversee an Israeli military operation, March 2014. Photo: IDF via Wikimedia Commons.

Two former IDF chiefs of staff, Benny Gantz and Moshe Ya’alon, have agreed to run on a joint list in the upcoming Knesset elections.

The two men reached an agreement just before Gantz’s debut speech as the head of the Israel Resilience Party, scheduled to take place on Tuesday evening.

To enable the deal with Gantz, Ya’alon reportedly stepped back from a previous pledge not to sit in a government led by current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — an option Gantz is leaving open, depending on the election results.

A political feud with Netanyahu led to Ya’alon’s resignation as defense minister in 2016.

There was no word on what role Yaalon might play in a Gantz-led government, though previous reports have hinted that he would likely return to the Defense Ministry.

The Knesset elections are set to be held on April 9.

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