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Zev Chafets

Netanyahu’s Challenger Has a Major Handicap

General Benny Gantz is seen as honest and the “not Bibi” candidate. That won’t be enough.

Tall but not in Bibi’s political league. 

Tall but not in Bibi’s political league. 

Photographer: Amir Levy/Getty Images

General Benny Gantz is the hope of every Israeli who would like to end the 10-year reign of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on April 9th. He is not a bad choice, but he is new to politics and it shows. And there is a hole in his CV when it comes to civilian experience.

In 2015, not long after stepping down as chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces, Gantz announced that he was entering the world of business. His was a soft berth, chairmanship of the board of Fifth Dimension, a promising Israeli start-up that specialized in data mining and AI analysis for law enforcement agencies.