Benny Gantz

Gantz in 2017, photo by Roman Yanushevsky/Bigstock.com

Place of Birth: Kfar Ahim, Israel

Date of Birth: 9 June, 1959

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Benny Gantz is an Israeli soldier and politician. He has served as the 20th Chief of the General Staff, from 14 February, 2011 to 16 February, 2015, and Speaker of the Knesset, since 26 March, 2020.

He is the son of Malka and Nahum/Nachum Gantz. His father was a Romanian Jew. His mother was a Hungarian Jew, from Mezőkovácsháza. She survived the Holocaust. His parents were among the co-founders of the Moshav Kfar Ahim, a cooperative agricultural community in south-central Israel. He has Austrian Jewish, Polish Jewish, Moravian Jewish, and Alsatian Jewish ancestry farther back.

He is married to Revital Aloni, and has four children.

Benny’s paternal grandfather was Aryeh Ganz (the son of Lipot Ganz and Ester). Aryeh was born in Săcel, Maramures, Romania. He was killed by the Nazis in 1944.

Benny’s paternal grandmother was Frida Fruma Hirsch (the daughter of Shlomo Hirsch and Rivka Pollak). Shlomo was the son of Yechiel Hirsch and Rivka Hirsch. Benny’s great-grandmother Rivka was the daughter of Rabbi Hillel Pollak and Pesel Feldmann. Rabbi Hillel was from the Sasregen Hasidic dynasty.

Benny’s maternal grandfather was named Jonah Weiss.

Benny’s maternal grandmother was the daughter of Janos Teichner and Fani Vanderstein. Janos was the son of Jozsef Teichner and Karlota Wanderstein. Fani was the daughter of Karl Jakob Wanderstein and Josefa Schwarz. Janos and Fani evidently were half-first cousins, sharing the same grandfather.

Source: Genealogy of Benny Gantz – https://www.geni.com

11 Responses

    • andrew says:

      there are neither “darker” and/or “younger” pics of him in this link. He is blue eyed with a ruddy complexion.

      Are you really so delusional?

      • Yeravam says:

        No. Are you really so anti-Semitic?

        Did you even look at the link?

        • Yeravam says:

          “What has this to do with “Anti-Semitism”?”

          You show up on almost every Ashkenazi profile just to tell us that we have no biological connection to the Middle East and that there is no phenotypical overlap between us and our neighbors in the Middle East. These are both false, anti-Semitic claims.

          • Yeravam says:

            I could show you an Ashkenazi Jew who looks like the spitting image of Bin Salman or Ahmadinejad and you would STILL argue that they don’t look Middle Eastern. Either that or you would concoct some lame excuse like “he must be part-Sephardic or something”.

            You adamantly refuse to accept that Ashkenazi Jews are from the Middle East. Your posting habits make that obvious.

          • andrew says:

            It’s you who popped out of nothing and claimed atypical/exotic looking Jews as average ones and proof of ties to the Middle East, alongside the usual Internet whitewashing of other ethno-religious groups from the region which nobody really cares (except those who belong to them or wannabe weirdos)

            Actually nobody claimed Jews as neither Europeans or Middle Easterners.

            But for your agenda, for any exotic Jew you will find here there are 3 or 4 who are not so.

          • Yeravam says:

            “It’s you who popped out of nothing and claimed atypical/exotic looking Jews as average ones and proof of ties to the Middle East,”

            I said most full Ashkenazim have a Levantine or broad Mediterranean look. Which is… you know, true? Fair-skinned blonde Nordic looking Ashkenazim are not nearly as common as folks like you want to believe.

            “alongside the usual Internet whitewashing of other ethno-religious groups from the region which nobody really cares (except those who belong to them or wannabe weirdos)”

            See, this is the anti-Semitism I was talking about.

            Calling Ashkenazim Middle Eastern and pointing out that many (if not the majority) could blend in easily in the Levant is not “whitewashing”. Whether you wish to admit it or not, you *are* painting Ashkenazim as foreign/non-indigenous to the region with such comments. That is anti-Semitic.

            “Actually nobody claimed Jews as neither Europeans or Middle Easterners.”

            Multiple people on here have denied our Middle Eastern origin. Multiple times. You did so yourself just now with your “lol, saying Ashkenazim look Middle Eastern is whitewashing the Middle East” malarkey.

            “But for your agenda, for any exotic Jew you will find here there are 3 or 4 who are not so.”

            And what do you base this statistic on?

            I am Jewish, and I live in one of the most Jewish areas of the country. You, based on your profile, are not Jewish and you live in a country whose Jewish population is minimal at best. I don’t think you have much of a leg to stand on here.

          • andrew says:

            @Yeravam

            I live in Italy hence not many Jews here, but I personally know some (more Sephardi than Ashkenazi). So even though a few do look exotic, you have Jewish politicians like these ones:
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYxXAPanS90
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZU71KyFqkY/watch?v=FYxXAPanS90

  1. Manila says:

    Revital’s maiden surname is Aloni.

    Benny’s maternal grandfather was named Jonah Weiss.

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