Bennett's Spox Resigns in Third High-profile Departure From PM's Office

Matan Sidi stuck with Bennett even when he lost his seat in Israel's parliament, but was at loggerheads with another departing adviser over his bid to appeal to the center

PM Naftali Bennett and Matan Sidi.
PM Naftali Bennett and Matan Sidi.Credit: Government Press Office.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's spokesman, Matan Sidi, announced Monday his resignation, being the third official in the Prime Minister's Office to quit recently, though his departure was anticipated.

Sidi, 26, follows Bennett's senior adviser Shimrit Meir and chief-of-staff Tal Gan-Zvi, who both resigned in May.

Sidi is considered one of Bennett's closest aides, accompanying him during his education and defense portfolios, and even staying with him when he briefly lost his Knesset seat.

He will be replaced by Yotam Ben Yitzhak, his current political spokesperson.

Sidi, Gan-Zvi and Cabinet Secretariat Shalom Shlomo were among those who harshly criticized Shimrit Meir's 'centrist' rebranding push, which they claim compromised his relationship with other Yamina lawmakers and contributed to coalition whip Idit Silman's shock resignation in April.

The announcement comes as Bennett's government faces a critical vote on renewing regulations on extending Israeli law in the West Bank, which could determine the fate of his unity government.

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