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Lapid thanks Netanyahu for setting aside politics during Gaza fighting

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu (left) has a briefing on the Israel-Gaza conflict with Prime Minister Yair Lapid, August 7, 2022. (Haim Zach/GPO)
Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu (left) has a briefing on the Israel-Gaza conflict with Prime Minister Yair Lapid, August 7, 2022. (Haim Zach/GPO)

Prime Minister Yair Lapid thanks opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu for putting politics aside and “backing the government” during the Friday-Sunday Gaza conflict.

In addition to thanking the security establishment and Egyptian mediators, Lapid says: “I would also like to thank the opposition and opposition leader Netanyahu, who showed responsibility and backed the government throughout the operation.”

Despite the mudslinging characteristic of election campaigning, political rivals from across the blocs unified in support for the state and its military, as is characteristic of most Jewish Israeli politicians during a security event.

Yesterday, Netanyahu broke his year-long embargo on receiving security briefings from the outgoing government’s prime ministers.  He is entitled to the briefings as the opposition leader.

He immediately came out in support of the military — but not the government — when the operation launched on Friday, and then explicitly backed the government in comments after his briefing from Lapid yesterday.

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