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.
|13th Prime Minister of Israel|
|Assumed office |
13 June 2021
|Preceded by||Benjamin Netanyahu|
|2013–2015||Minister of Economy|
|Minister of Religious Services|
|2013–2019||Minister of Diaspora Affairs|
|2015–2019||Minister of Education|
|2019–2020||Minister of Defense|
|2021–present||Minister of Community Affairs|
|Faction represented in the Knesset|
|2013–2018||The Jewish Home|
|Born||25 March 1972|
|Political party||New Right (2018–present)|
Gilat Bennett (m. 1999)
|Alma mater||Hebrew University of Jerusalem|
|Branch/service||Israel Defense Forces|
|Years of service||1990–1996|
|Rank||Rav seren (Major)|
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.
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.
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. This was after the 2021 March election. Mid June he has become Prime Minister, leading the Bennett-Lapid Government, which is the 36th government of Israel.
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.
- "All Governments of Israel". Knesset. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
- "Israeli opposition figures reach deal aimed at ousting Netanyahu". the Guardian. 2021-05-30. Retrieved 2021-05-30.
- "Bennett announces plan to form gov't with Lapid that will oust Netanyahu". The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. Retrieved 2021-05-30.
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