Yair Lapid officially became Israel’s prime minister on Thursday, June 30, after the Knesset dispersed itself and scheduled a November 1 election.
“Congratulations to Yair Lapid, Israel’s new Prime Minister, and thank you to Alternate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for your friendship over the past year,” US President Joe Biden congratulated Lapid.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also offered “warmest congratulations” on Thursday night.
Lapid will lead the interim government until a new coalition is formed.
In accordance with the coalition agreement, Naftali Bennett stepped down from the premiership, becoming alternate prime minister, a title Lapid held for the past year. Lapid will remain foreign minister, as well. (JPost / VFI News)
“God, we ask that you provide a smooth transition for Israel’s new leader, and inspire all leaders to act with honesty and integrity. We also pray that you will establish a strong and stable government in the coming months.”
Originally posted at VFINews.