Benjamin Netanyahu lived with his family in the official residence of the Israeli Prime Minister for twelve years. Now he is apparently taking his time to move out. A guest had previously caused astonishment.
After his replacement, Israel’s former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not want to vacate the official seat in Jerusalem for three weeks. The office of the new head of government Naftali Bennett from the ultra-right Jamina party announced on Sunday night that both sides had agreed on a handover date. Netanyahu and his family should vacate the house on Smolenskin Street by July 10th. Until then, no more official meetings should be held there. The handover to 49-year-old Bennett is planned for July 11th.
Netanyahu had received the former US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, in the official residence after Bennett took office. This had been sharply criticized in the media as disrespect for the new government. The eight-party alliance, led by Bennett and Jair Lapid, was confirmed in parliament a week ago by the Future Party by just one vote.
Predecessor moved out faster
The Israeli newspaper “Haaretz” wrote that Bennett wanted to give the 71-year-old Netanyahu and his family an “adjustment phase”. They lived in the building that is also used for official receptions for twelve years. After his defeat in the 1999 election, Netanyahu took six weeks to vacate his office. His successor Ehud Olmert, on the other hand, left him four days after his resignation.
Olmert resigned on charges of corruption and was later sentenced to imprisonment. A corruption process is also underway against Netanyahu, who replaced Olmert in 2009.
Bennett’s family is not moving in
In front of the official headquarters on the corner of Balfour and Smolenskin streets, protests against the prime minister had raged again and again in recent years.
According to media reports, Bennett wants to use the official residence primarily for official meetings. According to reports, his wife and four children want to stay in their home in Raanana near Tel Aviv because that’s where they live.