Former IDF chiefs of staff Benny Gantz intensified his criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and made it personal at an event in which he revealed the joint Israel Resilience-Telem list Tuesday night at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds.
“When I lay in muddy foxholes with my soldiers on frozen winter nights, you, Benjamin Netanyahu, left Israel to improve your English and practice it at luxurious cocktail parties,” Gantz said. “On the days when I commanded the Shaldag combat unit in life-threatening operations on enemy soil, you, Benjamin Netanyahu, worked your way bravely and determinedly between makeup sessions in television studios. While I trained generations of commanders and fighters, you took acting lessons in a New York studio.”
“In a month and a half, we will all choose between a ruler who has English from Boston, heavy makeup, and luxury suits – and an Israeli leadership which is real, caring, authentic and not phony,” Gantz said.
He summarized the election by saying that “Israel must choose: either Bibi [Netanyahu] before all – or Israel before all.”
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