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 admitted he had to "debunk this lie once and for all" after the former government's Arab sector plan was included in the new state budget.


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