Economy Minister Naftali Bennett and Start-Up Nation co-author Dan Senor will join together for a candid discussion about the threats Israel faces in a changing Middle East as well as the prospects for Israel’s economy and the challenges it faces in retaining its status as a hi-tech superpower.
Read David Remnick’s New Yorker profile on Naftali Bennett.
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This event is part of the Voices From Israel series at 92Y.
Naftali Bennett is an Israeli businessman and a leader of the political party Jewish Home (HaBayit Hayehudi), as well as the extra-parliamentary movement My Israel. He is Israel's Minister of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, Minister of the Economy and Minister of Religious Services.
Bennett served in the elite Sayeret Matkal and Maglan units as a Company Commander and continues to serve in the reserves, holding the rank of Major.
After his IDF service, Bennett received a Law degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
In 1999, he co-founded “Cyota” – an anti-fraud software company – and served as its CEO. The company was sold in 2005 to RSA Security for $145,000,000. After he took part in the Second Lebanon War, Bennett joined the then-opposition Leader Benjamin Netanyahu and served as his Chief of Staff from 2006–2008. Among other issues, he led a team which developed Netanyahu’s Educational reform plan. He also ran Netanyahu’s primary campaign to lead the Likud party in August 2007.
In 2010, Bennett was appointed as the Director General of the Yesha Council and led the struggle against the Settlement freeze. He served in this position until January 2012.
In April of 2011, he co-founded MyIsrael with over 80,000 Israeli members.
In April of 2012 he founded a movement named “Yisraelim” – Israelis. The movement’s main goals include, increasing Zionism among center-right wing supporters; increasing dialogue between the religious and non-religious communities and finally – promoting “The Bennett Plan.” Subsequently, Bennett resigned from the Likud and joined The Jewish Home party, while announcing his candidacy for the party leadership. At the internal elections in November 2012, he won about 67% of the votes, and was elected as head of “the Jewish Home.”
Dan Senor is a bestselling author, adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and an investor with a New York–based global investment fund. He served in the administration of George W. Bush as chief spokesman and senior adviser to the Coalition in Iraq. One of the longest-serving civilian officials in Iraq, he also served as a Pentagon adviser to U.S. Central Command in Qatar and as a foreign policy and communications aide in the U.S. Senate. He has also advised a number of candidates for U.S. Senate. During the 2008 presidential election, Mr. Senor was a senior foreign policy adviser to Governor Mitt Romney. Mr. Senor’s analytical pieces are frequently published by the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Weekly Standard, Time and Newsweek. He is the co-author of Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle (2009), a New York Times Business Bestseller.
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