Who is Naftali Bennett: Naftali Bennett is a former tech entrepreneur, who has earned crores of rupees through this business. His parents are American, who immigrated to Israel.
Naftali Bennett (AFP)
Israel’s opposition leader Yair Lapid told President Reuven Rivlin that he has enough support to form a coalition government. Lapid informed the President on Wednesday midnight, just half an hour before the deadline. He told that Naftali Bennett will take over as the Prime Minister. In this way the grip of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has started loosening.
Yer Lapid told the president that the government included political parties such as Yesh Atid, Kahol Lavan, Israel Beitinu, Labor, Yamina, New Hope, Meretz and Ra’am. In this way, the way has been cleared for Naftali Benete to become the next prime minister of Israel. At the same time, Netanyahu, who has been in Israel’s power for 12 years, may now have to lose his post. In such a situation, let us know who is Naftali Bennett who has shown Netanyahu the way out of power.
Who is Naftali Bennett?
Naftali Bennett is a former tech entrepreneur, who has earned crores of rupees through this business. His parents are American, who immigrated to Israel. After the tech business, 49-year-old Bennett entered politics. Naftali Bennett is recognized as a very right-wing politician. Some observers and newspapers in Israel consider Bennett “ultra-nationalist” for his views. Yamina Party leader Bennett said in February that I am more right-wing than Netanyahu. But I do not use hate or polarization as a tool to promote myself politically.
Bennett recently called for a complete annexation of the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Observers tracking his political career have pointed out that since his entry into Israeli politics in 2013, his position on the West Bank has in fact largely remained the same. Bennett also served as a senior aide to Netanyahu between 2006 and 2008. However, his relationship with Netanyahu later soured, after which Bennett left the prime minister’s Likud party. After entering politics, Bennett joined the right-wing national religious ‘Jewish Home Party’. At the same time, in 2013, Bennett reached Parliament as its representative.
What is Bennett’s stand on political ideology?
Naftali Bennett is known as one of the leading men of the Jewish state. He supports the historical and religious claims of Jews on the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. As head of the ‘Jesus Council’, a group politically representing Jewish settlers, Bennett advocated the rights of West Bank settlers. However, he does not support Israel’s claim on the Gaza Strip.
Bennett is known for taking a tough stand against Palestinian extremists. They say that these extremists should be given death penalty. In May of this year, Bennett accused Hamas of “murdering” civilians in the Gaza Strip. This included those who were killed in Israeli airstrikes in response to Hamas rocket fire from Gaza. It is believed that with Bennett becoming Israel’s prime minister, the trouble for the Palestinians may increase, because of the fear of stalling the peace process and talks.
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