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.
NATIONAL AFFAIRS: For the nation, the road Bennett chose led to unseating Netanyahu (at least temporarily) for the first time in 12 years.
World leaders and Jewish diaspora organizations congratulate Israel's new prime minister.
Yair Lapid now has an undetermined amount of time as prime minister as he takes over from Naftali Bennett.
Contrary to what some are suggesting, the Naftali Bennet premiership experiment was not a success.
The Jerusalem Post Podcast with Yaakov Katz and Lahav Harkov.
On some issues, this coalition headed by Bennett accomplished more in a year than previous governments did in 10 years.
Before the ceremony of Lapid's transition to prime minister, the Yesh Atid leader paid a visit to Yad Vashem.
If neither the pro- nor anti-Netanyahu blocs manage to cobble together a viable coalition and Netanyahu remains Likud leader, Israel could be facing another period of political instability.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's neighbors have endured large and “deafening” demonstrations by Bennett’s critics.
"My brother Naftali, thank you, in my name and the name of all the people of Israel," said Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid.