Benny Gantz is an Israeli former military leader who serves as the current defense minister and the deputy prime minister of his country. He studied at local schools and then attended the IDF Command and Headquarters College and the National Security College. After obtaining degrees from the Tel Aviv University and the University of Haifa, he secured a master’s degree from the National Defense University in the U.S. He joined the IDF paratroopers in 1977. He fought in the first and the second Lebanon Wars and the South Lebanon conflict. In 2011, he became Israel’s chief of general staff. During his tenure, he made Orna Barbivai the first woman major general of Israel’s defense forces. In December 2018, he joined politics and established the Israel Resilience Party. The following year, Benny and Yair Lapid of Yesh Atid formed the Blue and White alliance. However, after three failed attempts to form the government, the alliance broke up. In 2020, Benny took over as the deputy prime minister and defense minister to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He is scheduled to become the prime minister in 2021, if the ruling government survives till then. He now lives in Rosh HaAyin with his wife, Revital, and his four children.