In his debut political speech on Tuesday, former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz — the head of the newly-formed Israel Resilience Party — issued a stark warning to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
Speaking to a crowd of enthusiastic supporters in Tel Aviv, Gantz, who had previously remained silent on his worldview, addressed the Iranian leader directly.
“President Rouhani,” he said, “I know you are plotting to surround Israel. I will thwart your plot in the north, in the south, and any other place in the Middle East.”
“I will act against you in the international, economic, and military arenas,” Gantz continued, “and if the message isn’t understood in words, it will be understood in precise, painful blows.”