Gantz’s political capital is leverage, will it get him to the highest?

2021-08-22 23:08:20

After three days of headlines about opposition chief Benjamin Netanyahu mulling providing Blue and White chief Benny Gantz to be prime minister for 4 years, when Gantz was interviewed throughout Channel 13’s prime time newscast on Saturday night time, he may have nicked the experiences within the bud. 

The experiences mentioned Netanyahu would suggest a constructive vote of no-confidence within the authorities with Gantz because the candidate for prime minister for the remainder of the present Knesset time period that’s set to finish in November 2025. Netanyahu himself would suffice with being alternate prime minister, a extra symbolic title, or international minister if the regulation stopping these below indicted from serving as a minister can be modified.

Gantz may have instructed interviewer Ayala Hasson that he has no real interest in bringing the Likud again to the federal government, that Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is his chief and that the present coalition would full its time period, interval. He may have dominated out any future cooperation with Netanyahu.

However that’s removed from what he did. 

“I nonetheless see myself on the trail to be prime minister,” Gantz mentioned. “However I work for the present authorities. It can be crucial that so long as it serves the pursuits of the residents, we’ve got an curiosity in remaining in it.”

That assertion has loads to investigate.

Initially, by saying that he has stored his prime ministerial aspirations, Gantz is insisting on remaining a participant for future prime ministerial elections and refusing to abdicate the management of his political camp to Overseas Minister Yair Lapid or anybody else. 

He referred to “the present authorities” in a approach that made it sound momentary. 

And final however not least, he conditioned his get together’s assist for the federal government on an amorphous situation about “serving the residents’ pursuits,” as he’ll outline them sooner or later.

When politicians with a stable right-wing or left-wing agenda, a haredi (ultra-Orthodox) or anti-haredi chief, or an Arab MK makes such a press release, it’s simpler to grasp what which means. With Gantz, who is aware of?

The reply is nobody, together with Gantz himself, who can’t predict how he’ll really feel sooner or later.

In the meantime, the experiences and his response to them give Gantz a helpful commodity in politics: Leverage. 

Gantz can attempt to use that leverage to acquire no matter he needs, from budgets, to drafting yeshiva college students, to his confidante Omer Yankelevich changing into the primary ever chairwoman of the Jewish Company.

With out leverage, Gantz can be very restricted in what he may do. Bennett, Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman – and worst of all – Lapid would have the ability to trample him. 

That’s Gantz’s sport. The months forward will decide whether or not he emerges victorious.  

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