Israel Resilience Party

Summary

The Israel Resilience Party (Hebrew: חוסן לישראל, romanizedHosen L'Yisrael lit. "Resilience for Israel"),[5][6] is a liberal political party in Israel founded in December 2018 by Benny Gantz, former Chief of the General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces. The party first ran in the April 2019 Knesset elections,[7] as part of the Blue and White alliance.

Israel Resilience Party
חוסן לישראל
LeaderBenny Gantz
Founded27 December 2018
Ideology
Political positionCentre[3]
National affiliationBlue & White (2019–)
Colours  Woodland green
SloganIsrael before everything[4]
Knesset
8 / 120
Website
bg19.co.il

HistoryEdit

On 16 February 2015, Gantz completed his term as Chief of the General Staff and entered a three-year legal cooling-off period in which he could not run for the Knesset. This ended on 2 July 2018.[8] Subsequently, in September 2018, it was reported that Gantz planned to enter politics.[9]

On 26 December 2018, the 20th Knesset voted to dissolve itself and hold early elections. A day later, on 27 December, after 109 people signed a list of founders, the party was officially registered with the name Hosen L'Yisrael.[10]


Telem (the party of former IDF chief of staff and minister of defense Moshe Ya'alon) formed an alliance with the Israel Resilience Party on 29 January 2019.[11]

On 7 February 2019, the party and Telem announced seven candidates who will receive prominent spots on their joint slate: Zvi Hauser, Miki Haimovich, Yoaz Hendel, Hili Tropper, Meirav Cohen, Michael Biton, and Orit Farkash-Hacohen.[12] Michal Cotler-Wunsh, a lawyer and the daughter of former Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler, will also reportedly be on the list.[13]

On 16 February 2019, Gantz's party announced that Histadrut Labor Chairman Avi Nissenkorn will be on the party's list for the upcoming elections.[1]

On 21 February 2019, the party announced that it was merging with Yesh Atid in order to form a centrist alliance for the upcoming elections.[14] The united slate is called Blue and White.[15]

During the April election, Blue and White's large lead evaporated, leaving Blue and White with a tie with Likud, which, however, had enough recommendations to start coalition negotiations. This failed, and rather than giving Gantz an opportunity to form a government, the Knesset was dissolved and an election was called for September.[citation needed]

Ideology and policiesEdit

 
Benny Gantz at the Sderot Conference for Society, Sapir Academic College, 2015

According to the official registration document handed to the Registrar of Parties on 27 December 2018,[16] the Israel Resilience Party's goals are:

Continuing to establish and strengthen the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state in light of the Zionist vision, as expressed in the Declaration of Independence, while determining and changing the national priorities on the following subjects: education, national infrastructure development, agriculture, law and internal security, welfare policy, and peace and security.

In his first campaign speech on 29 January 2019, party leader Gantz described Israel as "a leading high-tech country with a low-tech government that is self-employed". He vowed to provide incentives for entrepreneurs and medical students, "impose harsh sanctions on those who speculatively raise land and housing prices", as well as build and expand more hospitals. Furthermore, he said he will create new jobs in the agriculture sector.

Gantz also focused on ensuring equal rights and opportunities for all citizens, and combating violence against women. He promised to "deepen my partnerships with the ultra-Orthodox, the Arabs, and the Druze" in establishing a civil service for all, in addition to army service.

Regarding national security, Gantz vowed to "strengthen the settlement blocs and the Golan Heights, from which we will never retreat", also pledging that a "United Jerusalem" will forever remain Israel's capital. He said that the Jordan Valley should remain as the country's eastern security border, without allowing the Palestinians living beyond the separation barrier to "endanger our security and our identity as a Jewish state". He said he will strive for peace, mentioning the treaties with Egypt and Jordan, and commending prime ministers Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin, and even his current rival Benjamin Netanyahu as "patriots". Gantz personally addressed Iranian general Qassem Suleimani and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah that he "will not tolerate a threat to Israeli sovereignty", and warned Hamas leader Ahmed Sinwar, "I suggest you not test me again."[17][18]

According to Gantz, he leans right when it comes to security issues, left when it comes to socio-economic issues, and liberal in his economic goals.[1]

CriticismEdit

Three victims of alleged sexual abuse criticised the Israel Resilience Party for hiring Ronen Tzur as a strategic advisor. Tzur was the media strategist behind a campaign to block the extradition of Malka Leifer, who faces 74 charges of sex abuse in Melbourne, Australia.[19]

LeadersEdit

Leader Took office Left office
  Benny Gantz 2019 Incumbent

Election resultsEdit

Election Leader Votes % Seats +/– Status
Apr 2019 Benny Gantz with Blue and White
15 / 120
Snap election
Sep 2019 with Blue and White
15 / 120
  Snap election
2020 with Blue and White
15 / 120
  Coalition
2021 with Blue and White
8 / 120
  7 Coalition

Current MKsEdit

Year Members Total
2021- Benny Gantz, Michael Biton, Alon Schuster, Eitan Ginzburg, Yael Ron Ben-Moshe, Ruth Wasserman Lande, Alon Tal, Mufid Mari 8

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Lahav Harkov (16 February 2019). "Histadrut chief Avi Nissenkorn joins Gantzs Israel Resilience Party". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Ex-Israeli Army Chief Benny Gantz, Considered Top Netanyahu Challenger, Launches Political Party". JNS. 27 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Ex-Israeli Army Chief Benny Gantz, Considered Top Netanyahu Challenger, Launches Political Party". Haaretz. 27 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Gantz, Lapid, Labor start campaigns with humor". The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  5. ^ Raoul Wootliff (27 December 2018). "Ex-IDF chief Gantz unveils new political party ahead of April elections". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Benny Gantz, Netanyahu Rival, Gives Campaign Launch Speech - Full English Transcript". Haaretz. 30 January 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  7. ^ "בני גנץ רשם את מפלגתו החדשה: "חוסן לישראל"". וואלה! חדשות. 27 December 2018. Archived from the original on 27 December 2018. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  8. ^ אנונימית (2 July 2018). "רוץ בני, רוץ: תקופת הצינון של הרמטכ"ל לשעבר תמה". רדיו קול חי.
  9. ^ "החדשות - "בני גנץ החליט להצטרף לפוליטיקה"". mako. 6 September 2018.
  10. ^ List of founders Archived 27 December 2018 at the Wayback Machine The Registrar of Political Parties website (in Hebrew)
  11. ^ Staff (30 January 2019). "Launching bid to replace Netanyahu, Gantz vows to unify Israel, end incitement". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  12. ^ Bachner, Michael (7 February 2019). "Israel Resilience party reveals top picks for Knesset slate". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  13. ^ Gil Hoffman (10 February 2019). "Ex-Canadian minister's daughter running with Ya'alon, Gantz". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  14. ^ "After marathon talks Gantz, Lapid agree party merger in challenge to Netanyahu". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  15. ^ Staff writer. "United Gantz-Lapid party to be called 'Blue and White'; no women in top 6". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  16. ^ Request to register a party Archived 27 December 2018 at the Wayback Machine, the Registrar of Political Parties website (in Hebrew)
  17. ^ Benny Gantz. "Benny Gantz, Netanyahu Rival, Gives Campaign Launch Speech - Full English Transcript". Haaretz. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  18. ^ Benny Gantz (30 January 2019). "I believe in hope". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  19. ^ Magid, Jacob (15 February 2019). "Alleged sex abuser's former PR guru now working for Benny Gantz". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 16 February 2019.