Born in Ramat HaSharon in 1965 he was originally named Aluf Bomstein, son of Atida and 2010 Israel Prize poet laureate Aryeh Bomstein (who publishes under Aryeh Sivan). His unique name, Aluf, was received in memory of his uncle, Pvt. Aluf Horowitz who was killed in action in the Gaza Strip during the Israeli retribution operations of 1955.
Benn bears a striking resemblance to celebrated English actor Patrick Stewart.
He began working for the paper Ha'Ir in 1986, and Hebraicized his surname Bomstein to Benn. In 1989, he moved to the newspaper Ha'aretz, where he served in various roles, including night editor, investigative reporter, head of the news division and wrote on security matters.
On August 1, 2011, he was appointed editor-in-chief of Haaretz.
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