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Lapid makes smooth landing in Israeli prime minister’s office

Having long prepared for the job, Yair Lapid quickly took on the role of Israel’s prime minister.
Macron and Lapid

Just five days after becoming prime minister, Yair Lapid landed in Paris for his first visit in office.

To Lapid, who is also Israel's foreign minister, it is important that his first official visit abroad as prime minister be to President Emmanuel Macron for two reasons. One is that the French president is the Western leader closest to Lapid and the two have close ties, in direct communication via WhatsApp. The second is that they are both heads of centrist parties. Lapid wants to bolster his reputation as a centrist and expand his voter base with a new election just months away.

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