Naftali Bennett

Prime Minister of Israel

Naftali Bennett, Hebrew: נפתלי בנט , (born March 25, 1972 in Haifa) is an Israeli politician of HaYamin HeHadash ("New Right") and the Yamina alliance. He has been the 13th Prime Minister of Israel since 2021. Previously he belonged to HaBayit HaYehudi ("The Jewish Home"). He has been active in national politics since 2012 and has been Prime Minister since June 13, 2021, succeeding Benjamin Netanyahu.

Naftali Bennett
Naftali Bennett official portrait.jpg
Bennett in July 2021
13th Prime Minister of Israel
Assumed office
13 June 2021
PresidentReuven Rivlin
Isaac Herzog
AlternateYair Lapid
Preceded byBenjamin Netanyahu
Ministerial roles
2013–2015Minister of Economy
Minister of Religious Services
2013–2019Minister of Diaspora Affairs
2015–2019Minister of Education
2019–2020Minister of Defense
2021–presentMinister of Community Affairs[1]
Faction represented in the Knesset
2013–2018The Jewish Home
2018–2019New Right
2019Yamina
2019–2020New Right
2020–presentYamina
Personal details
Born (1972-03-25) 25 March 1972 (age 49)
Haifa, Israel
Political partyNew Right (2018–present)
Other political
affiliations
Spouse(s)
Gilat Bennett (m. 1999)
Children4
ResidenceRa'anana, Israel
Alma materHebrew University of Jerusalem
Occupation
  • Military personnel
  • businessman
  • politician
Websitenaftalibennett.co.il
Military service
Branch/serviceIsrael Defense Forces
Years of service1990–1996
RankRav seren (Major)
Unit
Battles/wars

Military and business careerEdit

He performed his military service in an IDF special forces combat unit in which he saw action in several operations. (He is a reservist with the rank of major). Afterwards he studied law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Before entering into politics he worked in software, which has made him very wealthy. He was the CEO of software companies Cyota and Soluto.

Political careerEdit

Bennett has been a member of Knesset since 2013. He was Minister of the Economy and Minister of Religious Services in the third Netanyahu government, from 2013 to 2015. Since 2013 he has been Minister of Diaspora Affairs and since 2015 also Minister of Education, both in the fourth Netanyahu government.

As the Education minister he wants more content about Judaism in Israeli schools. This affects the secular public school system as well as religious public schools. Furthermore he is absolutely against the establishment of an independant Palestinian state.

Prime MinisterEdit

After the 2021 Israel-Palestine crisis, Bennett announced that he agreed to a deal with Yair Lapid to forge a coalition government that would remove Benjamin Netanyahu from his Prime Minister position.[2] This was after the 2021 March election.[3] Mid June he has become Prime Minister, leading the Bennett-Lapid Government, which is the 36th government of Israel.

Personal lifeEdit

Naftali is an observer of Modern Orthodox Judaism. Until his election into the Knesset he was also a citizen of the United States due to his parents being US citizens who emigrated to Israel.

Related pagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "All Governments of Israel". Knesset. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  2. "Israeli opposition figures reach deal aimed at ousting Netanyahu". the Guardian. 2021-05-30. Retrieved 2021-05-30.
  3. "Bennett announces plan to form gov't with Lapid that will oust Netanyahu". The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. Retrieved 2021-05-30.

Other websitesEdit