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Israel Resilience Party

The Israel Resilience Party (Hebrew: חוסן לישראל‎, Hosen L’Yisrael) is a political party in Israel established by former Chief of General Staff Benny Gantz in 2018. Gantz introduced his party’s slogan, “Israel Before Everything,” in a video where he asked voters to join him and “walk down a new path.”

According to the official registration document handed to the Registrar of Parties, the 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 a campaign speech, Gantz promised his party “won’t allow the Palestinians to endanger our security and identity as a Jewish state,” spoke of the need to retain the Jordan Valley and Golan Heights and the indivisibility of “united Jerusalem.”

Former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon joined the party and was expected to be number two on its list.

Sources: “Israel Resilience Party,” Wikipedia;
Chaim Levinson, “Netanyahu's Top Challenger Launches Campaign, Revealing Long-awaited Election Slogan,” Haaretz, (January 17, 2019);
Anshel Pfeffer, “Gantz’s Message: Vote for Me – I’m Meaner Than Netanyahu, but Clean,” Haaretz, (January 30, 2019).