A new understanding of Judaism is taking shape in Israel

Naftali Bennett is the face of this new Jew. He represents the third generation of Israeli leaders, after the state’s founders and Netanyahu’s generation.

“if Israel was the project of the Jewish world, I think now the Jewish world is the project of Israel.” (Naftali Bennett)

Author Moshe Pitchon follows Bennet

through his 15 years of his public trajectory. From Benjamin Netanyahu's chief of staff to CEO of the YeSHA Council, head of the Habyit ha- Yehudi party, to several ministerial posts, Bennett has been revealing himself to be one of the most adept and fascinating upcoming Israeli politicians of the 21st century. Using hundreds of sources, both in Israel and the United States, Moshe Pitchon has sieved through the heavy rhetoric of Israeli politics to present an eye-opening picture of what the future portends for Israel and the Jewish people

“Bennett’s arrival as prime minister raises an inevitable question. Is he, given the odd circumstances of his rise, a mere fluke in this country’s story, or does he represent an irreversible tide toward the right, toward religion, and toward a one-state Greater Israel?”

OREN KESSLER: “The Meaning of Israel’s First Religious Prime Minister,” “Foreign Policy,” June 7, 2021

“Bennett was (and remains) a paragon of personal success and public commitment in present-day Israel. For many Israelis, his service in the special forces units demonstrates a willingness to sacrifice one’s own welfare for the good of the nation. High-tech entrepreneurship not only reigns as the embodiment of the collective Israeli dream during the first decades of the twenty-first century but also signifies personal strength, purpose, and capability. These are much-valued qualities in an Israel consciously and quickly ridding itself of its socialist heritage and welfare state.

Ori Goldberg

Bennett isn’t just the first of the third generation of Israeli prime ministers, he’s Israel 3.0: a Jewish nationalist but not really dogmatic. A bit religious, but certainly not devout. A military man who prefers the comforts of civilian urban life and a high-tech entrepreneur who isn’t looking to make any more millions. A supporter of the Greater Land of Israel but not a settler.”

Anshel Pfeffer

“[Bennett’s life] tells the story Israelis like to tell about themselves. He’s representative of an Israeli sense of self. That has allowed him to be an acceptable figure as prime minister . . . to audiences that disagree with him deeply on many issues

Haviv Rettig Gur

Naftali Bennett address to the Knesset
Jun. 2021

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"This is a special moment. The moment in which the baton of leading the people and the country passes – as in a relay race – to the next generation. It is a sacred endowment. […] Each generation has its own challenges, and out of each generation comes the leaders that can overcome them"

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Journal reviews

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Simply brilliant and clear. What Moshe Pitchon has to say about the changes in Israeli politics is both historical and brand new

“Any focus on Bennett’s remarkable achievement is easy to understand. He flipped the tables within a matter of months, transforming himself from the head of a marginal, essentially irrelevant right-wing party who ended up getting tossed into the opposition into a big winner.”

MAZAL MUALEM: “Netanyahu challenged from the right, not from the left” “Al-Monitor,” August 11, 2020

“THE FIRST to realize [poltical] sectarianism’s futility was Naftali Bennett. The nominally Orthodox politician who hired a lesbian press secretary and, unlike the rabbis around him, shakes women’s hands, sought all along a formula with which to break loose of the sectarian bind. Initially he did this by bringing secular politicians to the Orthodox Bayit Yehudi Party. More recently he tried to establish a secular-religious party

amotz Asa-El

In this government of 61 – it wasn’t even sworn in with a full complement of 61 votes, but rather 60-59 – it is only as strong as its weakest link. So, Bennett, in his role as team leader, needs to keep abreast of what is going on, what is making the ministers uncomfortable, and where the potential pitfalls are. These types of meetings will provide Bennett with valuable information about what is going on inside his unorthodox government.”

Herb Keinon

He knows that continued surrender to the demands of the ultra-Orthodox parties is an existential threat to Israel’s economic resilience, security and social cohesion.”

Ben Caspit