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Israeli Caretaker Prime Minister Rapid Holds First Cabinet Meeting

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Israel's caretaker Prime Minister Yair Lapid chairs the first cabinet meeting in Jerusalem Sunday, July 3, 2022, days after lawmakers dissolved parliament.
Israeli caretaker Yair Rapid is in parliament On Sunday, July 3, 2022, a few days after the dissolution, he chaired the first Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. Photo: Gil Cohen-magen/Related Press

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli Caretaker Prime Minister Yale Rapid promises a functional government, despite political unrest to hold the first Cabinet meeting on Sunday since taking office as leader and send Israel to the fifth election in less than four years. did.

Sitting next to his predecessor's power-sharing partner Naftari Bennett, Rapid sits in Israel after shooting down three unmanned aircraft launched by Lebanese militants. Warned that he would take the necessary steps to protect himself. Group Hezbollah.

Lapid took office last week as part of last year's agreement to create a coalition government. Bennett initially led it, but he resigned following a series of asylum and legislative defeats. Parliament broke up, spawned new elections, and handed power over to Rapid.

Israel heads to vote again on November 1, and Rapid convinces voters to adopt his Centrist vision, and former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was banished after more than a decade of power last year. Try to deny. , Chance to return to lead the country. Bennett will not run in November.

"In the coming months, the goal of this entire table is to run the government as if there were no campaigns. Israeli citizens are always working. It deserves the government, "Rapid said.

Rapid faced his first challenge on Saturday when Hezbora recently launched an unmanned aircraft into the area where the Israeli gas platform was set up in the Mediterranean. The move was like Hezbora's attempt to influence US-mediated negotiations between Israel and Lebanon in natural gas-rich waters.

"Hezbora continues on the path of terrorism, weakening Lebanon's ability to reach an agreement at the sea border. Israel will continue to protect itself, its citizens, and its assets." He said.

Rapid, who served as Foreign Minister under Bennett, was the leader of the caretaker to prove to the Israelites that he was the material of the Prime Minister. Use the month of. He will travel to Paris this week for a meeting, and next week will welcome US President Joe Byden, who may have a pre-election boost.

The next election could be a referee for the aptitude to take the lead when Netanyaf is being tried for corruption, as in the previous four. Although he denies cheating, some parties have refused to join the government he leads, complicating efforts to form coalitions and end political turmoil.

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