Is Naftali Bennett Jewish?

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New Yorker has a long rambling article ostensibly about Naftali Bennett, who is a Jew, and a right wing politician in Israel. The article is by David Remnick, editor of the magazine and also a Jew and politically a liberal. Remnick throws into the article his historical narrative about how Israeli politics has veered further and further to the right over the past decades.

Full of back-stories and color, as New Yorker articles must be, we wondered about the bottom line motives for this write-up. Our inquiry to a religious friend in Ra’anana asking whether he knows Bennett brought this response, “Bennett lives a couple of blocks away, but I do not know him nor have I ever met him. I am not sure that I have even seen him. He lives a minute away from another big shot, Yakov Amidror who is Netanyahu’s personal National Security Advisor… Bennett has made a big splash, although I haven’t a clew why.”

I suppose Remnick went over to Ra’anana ostensibly to find out if and why Bennett matters. In the process he gives us this color with a surprising and strange local comparison:


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