Naftali Bennett, Next Israeli PM: The Man Behind the Slogans and Stereotypes

Leading a small party, former startup executive Naftali Bennett will be remembered as the person who ended the Netanyahu era and helped usher in political stability

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Naftali Bennett in 2013, his first year as a lawmaker.
Naftali Bennett in 2013, his first year as a lawmaker.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer

Naftali Bennett, who is on track to become Israel’s 13th prime minister within days, is easily labeled – religious hard-liner, ultranationalist and settler leader on the one hand, high-tech millionaire, special-forces operative and political wunderkind on the other. Most of these labels, on closer scrutiny, don’t really apply. At least not fully.