Blue and White’s no. 2 Gabi Ashkenazi quitting party: ‘Taking time off’

Benny Gantz’s top partner in the leadership of Blue and White is quitting the party and is considering whether to remain in politics.

Gabi Ashkenazi says he’s “taking time off” and won’t run as part of Blue and White in the next election, as the party that only recently seemed poised to challenge Likud for leadership of the country continues to disintegrate,

Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi talks to the media at a news conference in front of the Liebermann Villa at the Wannsee Lake in Berlin, Germany, August 27, 2020. (Michele Tantussi/Pool Photo via AP)

Gantz yesterday vowed to continue leading Blue and White into the next election in March.

In a statement, Ashkenazi takes credit for his party “changing the discourse” on annexation, which he asserts “opened up the window of opportunity for the peace deals [with Arab nations], and together we prevented any attempt for diplomatic and judicial adventurism.”

“I do not intend to run in the next election in Blue and White and I’m taking time off and considering how to proceed.”

He says he will remain in his post as foreign minister for the time being, so long as Gantz wants him there.