Netanyahu to vacate official PM residence on July 10
Jerusalem, Jun 20 (EFE).- Israel’s former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu will vacate the official residence on July 10 to clear the way for his successor, Naftali Bennett.
In a Twitter post, Bennett’s office said that no meetings will take place at the residence on Balfour Street in Jerusalem until Netanyahu, now leader of the opposition, and his family leave in three weeks.
Bennett, a far-right politician, took power after his eight-way government was sworn in last week, approved in a narrow 60-59 vote in the country’s 120-seat parliament and putting an end to Netanyahu’s record 12-year run as premier.
Bennett is to hold the prime minister position for two years, and then the leader of centrist Yesh Atid, Yair Lapid, will take over until 2025.
Bennett does not plan to move with his wife and four children to the premier’s official residence and will remain in his current home in the central city of Ra’anana near Tel Aviv.
However, he will use the space mainly for official events.
Following his departure from Balfour, Netanyahu is set to move to his vacation home in the coastal town of Caesarea, until security measures are installed in his Jerusalem apartment.
The new Israeli government held its first weekly cabinet meeting Sunday in Jerusalem. EFE