Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
It would seem our wannabe prime minster is.
Benjamin Netanyahu throws down a challenge to aspiring PM, Benny Gantz.
Gantz, quick as a flash says no way and falls hook, line and sinker straight into Bibi’s trap.
Now, it's possible that had Gantz agreed to a TV debate, Bibi would have found 101 reasons for not going ahead with the gladiatorial clash. As it is, Gantz has been made to look squeamish, regardless of the spin he and his colleagues put about.
Benjamin Netanyahu is a first-class public speaker, he projects charisma, confidence and has learned how to use the camera to his best advantage. Just look at the way Bibi dresses and compare that to Gantz. Gantz is a mere rookie, and he knows it.
I take no pleasure in referring to a former IDF chief of staff as squeamish, but the truth needs to be faced.
A Benjamin Netanyahu / Gantz TV debate would be no David and Goliath, it would be a whitewash. Remember how Ronald Reagan used his Hollywood background to project his image. And think about the John Kennedy / Richard Nixon TV duels? Benny Gantz is totally out of his league.
But in turning down the challenge, Gantz’s supporters and those floating voters that the Blue & White party hope to persuade to vote for the party must ask the question, if Gantz is anxious to face Netanyahu, how is he going to fair facing Trump, Emmanuel Macron of France, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey, the UK’s Boris Johnson and dozens of other heads of state?
Clearly, Benny Gantz has demonstrated that he is not yet ready to assume the mantle of the prime minister of Israel.