Naftali Bennett

Naftali Bennett is an Israeli politician and the country’s 13th prime minister.


The son of American immigrants, Bennett grew up in Haifa. He and his wife Gilat live in Ra’anana with their four children.


After his IDF service in the Maglan Commando Brigade and the General Staff Reconnaissance Unit, Bennett ventured into software entrepreneurship, heading various companies that sold out for over $100 million. 


He surfaced on the scene of Israeli politics in 2006 as chief of staff for Benjamin Netanyahu. 


After leading both the Jewish Home and Yamina parties and serving in various ministerial positions, Bennett was sworn in on June 13, 2021 as Israel's 13th prime minister in a rotation government with Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid. 


Under the rotation government, Bennett would serve as prime minister until 2023, and Lapid would assume the role until 2025. 

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Bennett's Yamina Party should stay right-wing - poll

Israeli politicians spin dreidels and politics this Hanukkah and hold numerous events throughout the holiday.

28/11/2021

Israel ‘very concerned’ as US, Iran return to nuclear talks – Bennett

“The Americans are saying one thing to us and then the opposite within a few hours” about interim agreement Israel strongly opposes, source says.

Omicron poses severe political problem for Bennett - analysis

Now that the worrying new Omicron variant, which may potentially bypass some of the protections provided by COVID vaccines, appears to be spreading, Bennett again faces difficult options.

Jerusalem food shop Goldy's releases 'Bennett-flavored' donut

The donut seems to be the haredi business taking metaphorical shots at the prime minister, who leads a right-wing party in a coalition with many on the Left.

26/11/2021

Israel too afraid of US and coalition friction to strike Iran - opinion

Despite his pronouncements, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is hesitant to arouse Washington’s ire.

25/11/2021

Israel 'committed to return captives' held by Hamas, Bennett tells al-Sayed family

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett promised that he was personally committed to bringing captive Hisham al-Sayed back home.

Ex-Mossad chief Pardo: Bennett has no Iran strategy

Israel lacks ability to take out all Iran nuke sites, say security officials.

Bennett: Israel won’t be obligated to Iran Deal if US returns

Bennett said the current time is “complex,” because there are agreements even with Israel’s greatest allies.

Bill limiting premiership to 8 years passes first vote

The bill introducing term limits of eight years for prime minister proposed by Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar passed its first hurdle on Monday after a pernicious debate.

22/11/2021

Gov't agrees on COVID outline for Hanukkah - here’s what you need to know

The Festival of Lights begins this year on Sunday evening, November 28, and lasts eight days. A series of preparatory measures will be taken to enforce the existing Green Pass outline via barcode.

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