Netanyahu Family Vacates Prime Minister's Residence After 12 Years

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A moving van enters the prime minister's residence compound, on Jerusalem's Balfour Street, last week.
A moving van enters the prime minister's residence compound, on Jerusalem's Balfour Street, last week.Credit: Emil Salman

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu and his family moved out of the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem on Saturday night, a month after he ended his 12-year term as prime minister.

The Balfour Street residence will now be used by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who was sworn in in June. 

The date of the family's departure was agreed upon between Netanyahu and Bennett, who is expected to use the residence for official meetings, while he and his family will remain living in Ra'anana.

The last time Netanyahu vacated the residence was when he ended his term as prime minister in 1999, when he took six weeks to move out and allow Ehud Barak to move in. Ehud Olmert, who ended his term as prime minister in 2009, vacated the home within four days.

Netanyahu held at least two political events at the official residence in the week following Bennett's swearing-in. A day after Bennett took office, Netanyahu hosted a farewell event for his close staff from the Prime Minister’s Office.

A day later, he hosted Nikki Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, along with evangelical pastor John Hagee. No food was served at the events, so they did not require any additional spending, said sources familiar with the matter.

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