Meet Gilat Bennett, Israel’s new first lady

Incumbent Prime Minister Naftali Bennett‘s wife Gilat was born in Jerusalem in 1977 to a secular family and grew up in Kfar Uriah. She attended the Hebrew University Secondary School (Leyada) for high school, served in the IDF as an educational NCO at the Paratroopers Memorial Site and later studied French cuisine. She is currently a confectioner as well as a guide and educator on parenting. Here is a glimpse into the life of the new first lady.


Gilat grew up in Moshav Kfar Uriah, close to Beit Shemesh. Her parents and family are secular. She attended Leyada and served in the Paratroopers Brigade as an educational NCO. There, as a 20-year-old, she met Naftali Bennett, then a student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a reserve officer in the Maglan commando unit, when she invited him to lecture to the soldiers.

The Family

Gilat, 22, and Naftali, 27, were married a year later. Gilat has said that “I was the only one among my…

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