'Sore loser' Lapid refuses handshake with Netanyahu as new government sworn in


January 6, 2023

As Benjamin Netanyahu made his dramatic return as Israel’s prime minister for a sixth term, Yair Lapid left the plenary hall without shaking his successor’s hand as per the custom.

After being sworn-in, Netanyahu, who was interrupted by heckling, took the podium and chastized the Lapid-led opposition for lamenting “the end of democracy.”

“This new government is determined to restore governance, peace, and personal security to the citizens of Israel.”

“I hear the opposition eulogizing ‘the end of democracy.’ Members of the opposition, losing the elections is not the end of...

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