Last updated on: 9/21/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Naftali Bennet Biography

Title:
Leader of the Jewish Home
Position:
Now Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“I propose what I call the Stability Plan, which I will promote throughout Israel’s new Knesset legislative session. Palestinians living in certain portions of the West Bank (known as Area A and Area B) should govern themselves. They should hold their own elections, run their own schools, issue their own building permits and manage their own health-care system. In short, they should run their own lives. Israel should not interfere in day-to-day governance… The other part of the Stability Plan deals with the remaining portion of the West Bank, known as Area C, where 400,000 Israelis and 70,000 Palestinians live. Under my plan, Israel would annex this territory, much as it exercised sovereignty over East Jerusalem in 1967 and the Golan Heights in 1981. The Palestinians who live in Area C would be offered full Israeli citizenship.”

“A New Plan for Peace in Palestine,” Wall Street Journal, May 20, 2014

[Editor’s Note: Prior to Bennett’s 2014 Pro position statement made above, his position was Con Two-State Solution as indicated in his 2013 interview with the New Yorker below.]

“There are certain things that most of us understand will never happen: ‘The Sopranos’ are not coming back for another season… and there will never be a peace plan with the Palestinians… I will do everything in my power to make sure they never get a state.”

David Remnick, “The Party Faithful: The Settlers Move to Annex the West Bank – and Israeli Politics,” New Yorker, Jan. 21, 2013

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Reserve Major, Israel Defense Forces
  • Minister of Diaspora Affairs, Israel, 2015-present
  • Minister of Education, Israel, 2015-present
  • Leader, The Jewish Home, Israel, 2012-present
  • Minister of Economy, Israel, 2013-2015
  • Minister of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, Israel, 2013-2015
  • Minister of Religious Services, Israel, 2013-2015
  • Former Chief of Staff, Office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel
  • Co-Founder and CEO, Cyota, 1999-2005
  • Former Commander, Israel Defense Forces
Education:
  • BA, Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), date unknown
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @naftali_bennett, in English
  • Twitter handle: @naftalibennett, in Hebrew
  • Born in Haifa, Israel on Mar. 25, 1972
Quoted in:
  1. Should Israel Continue to Receive Aid from the United States?
  2. Should the Israeli Fence/Wall Exist?