New Israeli PM brings new energy but also has new challenges

Israel’s first tech prime minister, Naftali Bennett, has come a long way. But his path ahead may well be blocked

14 June 2021 - 20:13 By Zev Chafets

Most Israeli premiers arrive from the public sector or the military. Naftali Bennett is the first to enter politics from the world of tech. Fresh out of the army in 1999, he cofounded anti-fraud company Cyota, which was bought out by security company RSA in 2005 for $145m. Eight years later, as an investor and CEO of Soluto, he led another exit; this one valued at $100m.  

Those may sound like small numbers today, but that was before Israel was dubbed the “start-up nation”. Had he stayed in business, some in Israel’s tech sector today believe he’d be one the richest Israelis...

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