Yair Lapid officially became Israel’s prime minister after the Knesset dispersed itself and scheduled a November 1, 2022 election.
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.
Lapid’s first stop after becoming prime minister was the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem, which he said he visited “to promise my father that I will always keep Israel strong and capable of defending itself and protecting its children.”
Lapid then went to the Prime Minister’s Office for a handover ceremony and transition meeting with Bennett.
The new prime minister’s next stop was the residence of President Isaac Herzog.