Mon 17 February 2020 | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Hangar 11 - Namal, Tel Aviv,

Tel Aviv International Salon
*Top Decision Makers Speaking With TLV Young Professionals
presents the Election Series:

Blue and White Chairman
Lt. General (res.) MK Benny Gantz
20th Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces

In conversation with Blue and White co-founder MK Yair Lapid

Event will be held in-English + Q&A
Option for simultaneous French translation

Date: Monday February 17th 2020, Doors open 7pm
Venue: Hangar 11, Tel Aviv Port
Cost: FREE

Media welcome but please contact

About Our Speaker: General Benny Gantz
Lieutenant General (Res.) Benjamin “Benny” Gantz has had a distinguished military career that included all command echelons, from platoon leader to becoming the 20th Chief of the General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces.

During his tenure, Lt. Gen. Gantz was responsible for ensuring the security of the State of Israel amidst the ever-changing realities brought about by the Arab Spring: shifting regional powers, civil war in Syria, the Iranian nuclear threat, and the rise of ISIS. In the context of a drastically changing Middle East, Gantz improved the IDF‘s future military capabilities on all geo-political fronts. In addition to supervising ongoing operational activities and covert Special Forces operations, he led the IDF through three major Israeli campaigns in Gaza, which threatened Israel on both the civilian and military fronts.

Lt. Gen. Gantz has the breadth of leadership experience in strategy and crisis management enabling him to speak with authority on a wide range of issues, including global security challenges, geopolitical trends, US-Israel relations, cyber-security and the changing nature of warfare in the age of Islamic terrorism.

In January 2019, Gantz established the Israel Resilience Party, and is currently running in the upcoming Israeli Elections as a Prime Ministerial candidate with the Blue & White Party in partnership with Yair Lapid, Bogie Yaalon and Gabi Ashkenazi, aiming to establish a national government on March 2nd.

Yair Lapid is the Founder and Chairperson of Yesh Atid, and the co-Founder of the Blue & White merged political faction in partnership with Benny Gantz’s Israel Resilience Party and Bogie Ya’alon’s Telem Party, creating Israel’s largest centrist party. Lapid served as Israel’s Finance Minister and a member of the Political-Security Cabinet, the forum charged with defining and implementing Israel’s foreign and defense policies during the 19th Knesset. In the 20th Knesset he served on the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and the Sub-Committee on Intelligence and the Security Services.

About Our Organization: Tel Aviv International Salon

ELECTIONS NOTICE: The Salons are a politically unaffiliated, honest-broker organization and as such we do not support any candidate or political party. We are proud to have a long tradition of hosting the leading candidates from all sides of the political spectrum during local and national elections to speak, debate and discuss the important issues that our entire community cares about. We have always invited every major candidate for Prime Minister to have a stage speaking to Olim and the international community in Tel Aviv. Please take to heart that no matter whom you support, don’t forget to vote March 2nd!

The Tel Aviv International Salon is the largest speakers forum in Israel. Our nonprofit organization was established in 2009 to provide a challenging, thought-provoking and intellectual discussion non-partisan platform for the young adult Tel Aviv International and Sabra community. There are an increasing number of motivated young professionals who are choosing to make Tel Aviv their home. The Salon provides this community a unique forum to learn about, debate and discuss Israeli, Jewish and world politics, history, media, economics, social, cultural and environmental issues with a diverse range of engaging international decision makers and the leading influencers on our society.

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