In recent years Naftali Bennett has striven with all his might to become a leader of the general Israeli public rather than merely the religious Zionist sector. He freed himself of the bonds of the rabbis (whom, he discovered, were and still are more committed to the secular guy in the Prime Minister’s Office than to the religious one from Ra’anana). He placed secular people (in addition to Ayelet Shaked) on his party ticket. He tried, to the extent that religious tradition allowed, showing that he was (relatively) liberal on civil rights issues. But time after time, he failed.