Some broken political promises are warranted in the coronavirus crisis

Gantz’s only viable options these days are to break promises he made to his voters. And no matter what he chooses, he could alienate a large swath of them and tear apart his faction.

It will come as a shock to no one that politicians lie. The exceptions to that rule are few and far between.

But not all lies are created equal. There is the outright lie – saying something false when you know the truth. There are lies of omission – intentionally leaving out unflattering details.

And then there are broken promises. When people accuse a politician of lying, they are usually referring to politicians who make some kind of declaration of what they plan to accomplish, and then don’t do it.

This could be a more forgivable kind of lie if the politician in question clearly made an effort to fulfill his or her commitments, but was unsuccessful.

It could also be forgivable if the circumstances changed dramatically, such as, if a pandemic suddenly broke out.

That brings us to Blue and White leader Benny Gantz.

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