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Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid speaks during a faction meeting in the Knesset, June 21, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Israeli foreign minister promises to renew ties with Democrats

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Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said on Monday that he intends to reinvigorate Israel’s relationship with the Democratic Party, describing it as one of his central objectives, according to advocacy group Democratic Majority for...
Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Yair Lapid with Prime Minister Naftali Bennet (center) at the Knesset in Jerusalem on June 21, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Israel’s new leadership likely to advance Abraham Accords, put Palestinian issue on backburner

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Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid is scheduled to travel to the United Arab Emirates next week, marking his first visit there since he became the country’s top diplomat. The visit comes as Israel and the Biden administration...
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid at the Knesset on June 13, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Lapid aims to ‘reinvigorate’ Israel’s ties with Democrats, US liberal group

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Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid emphasized reinvigorating the Jewish state’s ties with the Democratic Party in his first call with an American organization since assuming office last week. Lapid made it clear that a “strong...
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, June 14, 2021. Photo by Flash90.

New government, new threats

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The day after Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett formed their government, Biden administration officials threw a diplomatic grenade at them. Last Monday, administration officials told reporters “unofficially” that U.S. President Joe Biden intends to...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett with Minister of Justice Gideon Saar during a swearing in ceremony of new Israeli parliament members at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem, June 16, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Will the Bennett-Lapid government have the political power to address Israel’s most contentious issues?

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Yamina Party head Naftali Bennett was sworn in as Israel’s 13th prime minister on Sunday evening with a razor-thin 60 Knesset member majority. At the same time, Yesh Atid Party head Yair Lapid was...
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken participates in a video teleconference with the European Union's Foreign Affairs Council at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 22, 2021. Credit: State Department. Photo by Ron Przysucha/Public Domain.

Blinken, Lapid discuss US-Israel ties, efforts to expand normalization agreements

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with his new Israeli counterpart Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday, discussing a range of issues from the U.S.-Israel relationship, Iran and a push for more normalization...
Israelis celebrate the swearing-in of the new government at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, June 13, 2021. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Comic relief from a serious Israeli drama

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The sight on Sunday night of the trendy Tel Aviv set celebrating the new Israeli government with great fanfare—flags and all—was nothing short of hilarious. After all, one would have been hard-pressed to locate a single...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid attend the first government conference, at the Israeli parliament on June 13, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Can a Bennett-Lapid government rise to the challenges facing the Jewish state?

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A nervous Prime Minister-designate Naftali Bennett struggled for nearly an hour to deliver what was supposed to be a 10-minute address at one of the most contentious gatherings of Israel’s Knesset in modern history....
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid at the Knesset, on June 13, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Lapid vows Israel will counter Iran’s nuclear ambitions ‘with every available option’

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Israel will work relentlessly to ensure Iran’s nuclear ambitions are frustrated, incoming Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said on Sunday. Lapid, who was sworn both as foreign minister and alternate prime minister on Sunday, echoed...
Yesh Atid Party leader Yair Lapid and Yamina Party leader Naftali Bennett, Feb. 26, 2014. Photo by Yossi Zeliger/Flash90.

Can the Biden administration capitalize on an inexperienced Bennett-Lapid government?

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With the likelihood that new leadership will be sworn in next week in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s departure from the role he has held for almost two decades has some worried about how...