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"Only the strong survive": the new videos of the Gantz campaign praise his IDF in good faith

The leader of the Israeli Resilience Party Benny Gantz published Sunday a series of videos of the campaign entitled "Only the strong survive", which highlights above all the success of the operations of the IDF in the Gaza Strip during his tenure as head of the staff.

The videos have been released with much of the country trying to figure out where the laconic Gantz is. They indicate that it is firmly positioned at the center with a harsh message of terror, but also the will to try to make peace.

A video notes the destruction of the IDF of 6,231 Hamas targets in the Gaza war of 2014 under the command of Gantz, boasting that "parts of Gaza have been postponed to the Stone Age".

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Another shows the footage of the funeral of Hamas members with a counter on the screen from 0 to 1.344, the number of terrorists that IDF said he killed in Defensive Edge. He said that "the three and a half years of silence" in the Palestinian enclave in the years to come were thanks to Gantz.

A third video showed footage of a 2012 Israeli airstrike that Gantz ordered to target Ahmed Jabari, the chief military player of Hamas and the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit in 2012.

Despite the militaristic nature of the videos, Gantz also published a fourth campaign that said Israel needed to seriously pursue peace with the Palestinians.

"It is not shameful to strive for peace," he said in the video, which also reported the images of then Prime Minister Menachem Begin in peace talks with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in the years & # 39; 70 and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who met the leader of the OLP Yasser Arafat in the years & # 90;

"In another 25 years we still want to send our children to fight? No," said Gantz. "What will we say to them, that we have not done anything, that we have not tried?"

"I can not accept that there will be a whole generation here without hope," he said. "It can be different here."

Gantz formally launched his party Israel Resilience at the end of last month, but was largely crazy about his positions. Last week, he unveiled the slogan of his party, "Israel first of all", but little else after weeks of almost silence on its political platform.

Also last week, Gantz gave the first indication of his political views, breaking his silence with a vote to "fix" the controversial state-nation law to help the Druze community. He told the Druze activists outside his home Rosh Ha 'ayin that Israel said the change in the law would "express the connection [between the Druze community and the State of Israel]a deep and indestructible connection not only in battle, but also in life. We have a blood pact, but more than that, we have a life alliance. "

The nation-state law sanctions Israel as "the national home of the Jewish people" and states that "the right to exercise national self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people". Critics, both at home and abroad, say undermines Israel's commitment to equality for all its citizens. Aroused particular disdain by the Israeli Druze minority, whose members – many of whom serve in the Israeli army – claim that the provisions of the law make them second-class citizens.

The former IDF Chief of Staff, Benny Gantz, met with members of the Druze community and activists outside his home in Rosh HaAyin, during a protest against the "Jewish state law", January 14, 2019. (Flash90)

Gantz is considered one of the possible threats to Netanyahu's victory in the April 9 elections. According to a poll published Saturday on "Meet the Press" by Channel 12, Israel Resilience would be the third largest Knesset faction if elections are held this week, winning 12 seats, following a merger between Yesh Lapid of Yesh Atid and Tzipi The Hatnua festivals of Livni that would have yielded 17 Knesset seats.

Respondents were also asked whether the political novice Gantz, a former head of the army, acted wisely without talking about his plans and policies. The survey showed that 44% thought they had to express their opinions, 22% thought it was right to remain silent and 34% said they did not know.

The poll also found that the right-wing Jewish party, which recently saw its two main leaders, Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, separated from it, will fail to cancel the electoral threshold to keep its place in the Knesset.

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