Netanyahu Wishes New PM Lapid 'Quiet Tenure'

Netanyahu also snubbed Lapid's offer to return to customary personal security briefings between the prime minister and opposition leader, after a year when he and former Prime Minister Bennett refused to meet directly

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Yair Lapid and Benjamin Netanyahu at a cabinet meeting in 2014, when Lapid was finance minister.
Yair Lapid and Benjamin Netanyahu at a cabinet meeting in 2014, when Lapid was finance minister.Credit: Marc Israel Sellem

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu called Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Friday wishing the new premier that his tenure will be "quiet."

"I want to wish you and all of us that the next four months will be a period of quiet on the security front," Netanyahu told Lapid on a phone call.

According to Lapid's announcement, he offered Netanyahu to resume the prime minister's customary personal security briefings to the opposition leader, after a whole year during which former Prime Minister Naftali Bennett did not meet for security briefings, conducting them through Bennett's military secretary, Major General Avi Gil.

However, Netanyahu snubbed the offer and suggested that they continue to conduct security briefings through Lapid's military secretary, he said, so that it would not become a "political tool."

After being instated as caretaker prime minister on Thursday, Lapid embarked on a series of meetings and ceremonies, including convening a meeting on the issue of MIAs on Friday morning at the Israeli military's headquarters in central Tel Aviv.

Ahead of his inauguration, Hamas released footage this week of Hisham al-Sayed, one of two Israelis held by the militant group alongside the bodies of two Israeli soldiers, in an apparent bid to pressure Israel into a prisoner swap.

Lapid will hold his first cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on Sunday.

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