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 was the 13th Prime Minister of Israel from 2021 to 2022. Previously he belonged to HaBayit HaYehudi ("The Jewish Home").
|13th Prime Minister of Israel|
13 June 2021 – 30 June 2022
|Preceded by||Benjamin Netanyahu|
|Succeeded by||Yair Lapid|
|3rd Alternate Prime Minister of Israel|
1 July 2022 – 8 November 2022
|Prime Minister||Yair Lapid|
|Preceded by||Yair Lapid|
|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|
|2021–2022||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 (LLB)|
|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 independent 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.
On 20 June 2022, Bennett announced that he will call for a vote to dissolve the Knesset and step down as prime minister shortly after its dissolution, to be replaced by Lapid. On June 29, he announced that he would not seek re-election to the chamber in the next legislative election.
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.
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- "Bennett announces plan to form gov't with Lapid that will oust Netanyahu". The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. Retrieved 2021-05-30.
- Estrin, Daniel (20 June 2022). "Israel's prime minister is stepping down, sparking a new round of elections". NPR. Retrieved 2022-06-24.
- "N12 - רה"מ נפתלי בנט הודיע: "לא אתמודד בבחירות הקרובות לכנסת"" [Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced: 'I will not run in the next Knesset election']. N12. 2022-06-29. Retrieved 2022-06-29.