Naftali Bennett Fast Facts – CNN

Father: Jim Bennett

Mother: Myrna (Lefko) Bennett

Wedding: Gilat Bennett (1999–present)

Children: four children

Education: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Bachelor of Laws

Military service: Sayeret Matkal and Maglan Units of the Israel Defense Forces, 1990–1996, Commander

Religion: Jew

Other facts

His parents are immigrants from San Francisco.

Former tech entrepreneur and millionaire.

Bennett is considered comparatively liberal on a number of issues. Despite their religious background, he said gays should “fully enjoy all the civil rights that heterosexuals have in Israel,” according to the Times of Israel. – although he also said that this does not mean that he will take steps to ensure legal equality.


April 18, 1996 – While serving in the army, Bennet leads a detachment in Lebanon during the Israeli Operation Grapes of Wrath, during which Israeli artillery strikes a UN camp, killing more than 100 civilians. The incident is known as the Caen Massacre.

1999- Moves from Israel to New York to launch tech startup Cyota, a cybersecurity and anti-fraud software company.

2005- Sells Cyota to RSA Security for $145 million.

2006-2008 – Works as chief of staff Benjamin Netanyahu.

2009- For several months he has been working as the CEO of the software development company Soluto.

January 2010 – January 2012 – Works as a director Yesha’s advicean organization representing Jewish settlements in the West Bank and their populations.

2012- He leads the pro-settler Jewish Home Party and makes his desire to prevent a Palestinian state the centerpiece of his speech to voters.

March 2013 – Appointed Minister of Economy, Minister of Religious Services, Minister of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs.

November 5, 2014 – Writes to New York Times article“The old models of peace between Israel and the Palestinians are no longer relevant. It’s time to rethink the two-state solution.”

February 2015 – Appointed Acting Minister for Senior Citizens.

May 2015 – Appointed Minister of Education and Minister of Diaspora Affairs.

October 8, 2018 – Israel Times reports that Bennett says that if he were secretary of defense, he would adopt a “shoot to kill” policy on the Gaza border.. When asked if this applies to children crossing the barrier, he says: “They are not children – they are terrorists. We deceive ourselves.”

2019 – Renames the Jewish Home party to Yamina after merging with another party.

May 30, 2021 – Bennett announces he is working on a coalition deal with Yair Lapidleader of the center party Yesh Atid, to join the new government.

June 2, 2021 – Lapid announces the signing of an eight-party coalition agreement. Under the deal, Bennett will focus on domestic issues during his two years as prime minister before handing over the reins to Lapid in August 2023.

June 13, 2021 – Bennet sworn in as the new prime minister of Israel after receiving a vote of confidence by 60 votes to 59.ending Netanyahu’s presidency as the country’s prime minister after more than 12 consecutive years.

December 12, 2021 – Bennett travels to the United Arab Emirates to meet with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Bennett became the first Israeli prime minister to visit the United Arab Emirates.

February 14, 2022 – Trip to Bahrain to meet with Crown Prince of Bahrain Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa. Bennett became the first Israeli prime minister to visit Bahrain.

June 29, 2022 – Bennett announces that he will not run for prime minister. the day before the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, voted to dissolve itself, prompting new elections. Bennett’s coalition partner Lapid takes over as acting prime minister on July 1.