Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will leave his official residence in Jerusalem on July 10, following an agreement reached with his successor, Naftali Benet, which gave him a period of two weeks to leave.
In a statement, the Israeli Government indicated that Netanyahu, now opposition leader, and family “will end their stay at the residence on July 10th” and that, until that date, “no official meetings will be held” in the building.
From that date onwards, the residence will be used by the religious ultranationalist Benet who, after taking office a week ago, in the framework of the “Government of Change”, will remain as prime minister for the next two years.
In August 2023, and within the framework of the government agreement, he will hand over the official residence to secular centrist Yair Lapid, the main driving force behind the broad government coalition that managed to oust Netanyahu after 12 years as prime minister, between 2009 and 2021.
During this period, as well as in a first phase as head of government between 1996 and 1999, Netanyahu occupied the official residence on Balfour Street, in Jerusalem, with his wife, Sara.
According to the Israeli press, in recent days Netanyahu was delaying the move and Benet gave him a period of two weeks to leave the official residence of the head of government. minister in 20 days.
Despite being the new prime minister, Benet does not plan to move his family to Balfour Street and will remain at his home in Raanana, a wealthy town north of Tel Aviv, so that his four children do not have to move.
However, Benet has already said that he intends to use the official residence only during the nights he will be in Jerusalem for work, as well as for official events and to receive foreign dignitaries.
After leaving the residence, Netanyahu will move into his holiday home in the coastal city of Cessarei, between Haifa and Tel Aviv, for several months, until his Jerusalem apartment is equipped with all security measures.