Netanyahu Rival Gets Points for Looks, Pundits Say
Standing taller than 190 centimeters, the former Israeli general turned politician Benny Gantz can become one of the world’s tallest leaders if elected
For daily updates, subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here.Israeli journalist Ayala Hasson described Gantz as a “towering, blue-eyed” figure.
In an October broadcast, Channel 10 reporter Miki Michaeli called Gantz “a very, very handsome man,” who “may get women’s votes.”
In February, Israeli satirical show Gav Hauma aired a sketch titled “10 ways Gantz can fix Israel’s problems with his good looks.”
Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party is leading Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party by four seats, polls released by Israel’s Channel 12 and Channel 13 news Sunday indicated. Both polls show that Blue and White leads with 32 seats over Likud’s 28 seats.
Israeli voters cast a ballot ticket for a political party, not a candidate. While only twice in Israel’s history was an elected prime minister not the head of the party with the most parliamentary seats, current polls indicate a right-wing coalition as the most likely outcome.
He joined forces with Israeli centrist politician Yair Lapid in February to form the current poll-leader Blue and White party.
Addressing AIPAC’s annual conference in Washington D.C. Monday, Gantz said he would negotiate peace with “any honest Arab leader”. Under his leadership, Jerusalem will remain united as Israel’s capital, he said.