Naftali Bennett: The rise of Israel's new PM
Bennett belongs to the right-wing nationalist party Yamina. He is the new Prime Minister of Israel, replacing Benjamin Netanyahu. His new position is remarkable, as Yamina won only a few seats in the last general election. From 2006 to 2008, he was the chief of staff of Netanyahu. They split up and Bennett joined the Jewish Home Party. He is an ultra-nationalist and advocates for the Jewish nation-state. In his view, Israel has the right to the Westbank, but not to Gaza. Thus, the issue of Jewish settlements in the West Bank is likely to increase and he rejects a two-state solution. He is fluent in English and often appears in (foreign) media. He supports the death penalty for Palestinian militants. Prior to his political career, he has served in the Israeli special forces and has set up high-tech companies, becoming a multi-millionaire. He shares his position with Yair Lapid of the party Yesh Atid, who will be prime minister for the second two years.