Bibi, Bennett, Barkat, or Benni–who will be Israel’s next PM?
While people speculate that Bennett will be the next rightwing Prime Minister succeeding Netanyahu (who won’t last another 10 years in his own estimate), I say: no way. Bennett is the man of the future and will always be that. The race for succeeding Bibi will be between former Jerusalem Mayor Barkat, a loyal and humble Likudnick, and someone else entirely, not from the Likud. Not Bennett. Gantz.
Gantz is now showing time and again that he can’t be outsmarted by Bibi. Do you know how smart you have to be for that?
And he’s not a back-stabber. He will only trick those who trick him. That was how Bibi maintained himself all those years.
One of the biggest problems of the Israeli Left has been that it was selectively completely naive–not unlike much of the population:
- An Arab leader smiles at them and they assume him to bring peace.
- They have a good heart so they don’t need to think about not being racist towards non-Whites.
- They care and therefore anything they think is the full and only truth. The slightest compromise is for them watering down the truth.
- They know they are the good reasonable guys so all the others must be the bad and extremist guys.
Netanyahu’s giving Gantz unintentionally a crash course in not being naive.
Besides, Gantz shows that he’s willing to do the job for the sake of the State, not his own glory. That he joined Bibi was not for his political gain. It might as well have uprooted any root his party still had in the ground.
But people recognize an honest, smart, selfless leader. Mark my words. The next PM of Israel after Bibi, next year or in 10 years: Benni Ganz.
Rabin was so naive. He was willing to do anything Arafat wanted. Gantz is not. Any last bit of naivety is now taken out of him. From Bibi to Benni.