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Lapid meets with Bennett, who has been mostly absent for past month

Prime Minister Yair Lapid met with his predecessor Naftali Bennett this evening at Lapid’s home in Tel Aviv.

The two discussed various security and policy issues, according to a government statement, which did not provide further details on the meeting.

Bennett handed over the premiership to Lapid late last month when the government collapsed, per their coalition agreement.

Bennett said at the time he would be stepping away from politics, and has kept a low profile since, although he still serves as alternate prime minister and is officially the religious services minister, although Deputy Minister Matan Kahana — who held the post during most of the outgoing government — is more active in the ministry.

Bennett’s party, Yamina, has polled poorly in recent weeks, and earlier today announced its merger with the Derech Eretz faction. The join slate will run in November’s elections as Zionist Spirit.

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