Lapid Officially Takes Office as PM

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Yair Lapid officially took over as Israel’s interim prime minister at midnight on Friday. He will serve until elections are held on Nov. 1 and possibly after if he is able to form a government.

At a low-key ceremony with his outgoing predecessor Naftali Bennett, Lapid said, “We’ll do the best we can for a Jewish, democratic state, good and strong and thriving, because that is the job, and it’s bigger than all of us.”

Lapid swiftly held a meeting with Ronen Bar, head of the Shin Bet internal security agency, where he received a “broad defense and intelligence briefing on what is happening on the different fronts.”

Ahead of Lapid is US President Joe Biden’s upcoming visit this month and a trip to France on July 5 to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog congratulated Lapid, saying he pledged his “help and support, as I have done with any other prime minister, and the same with you.”

Read more at the Times of Israel.

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