Israel opposition leader Yair Lapid to travel to Washington

Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid will travel to Washington, D.C., next week, according to Israeli media.

The focus of his trip will be “strengthening the Israel-U.S. strategic relationship, bringing the hostages back home, and Israel’s role in the region,” an unnamed person from Lapid’s office told the Times of Israel on Tuesday.

Lapid is a political rival of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom he has been critical of for his handling of the Oct. 7 Hamas terrorist attack and Israel’s subsequent military response in Gaza.

Earlier this week, Lapid said holding elections before the end of the war “is not ideal,” but he stressed that it’s necessary “because this government won’t fix the budget, won’t fix the [Haredi] draft, and, especially,
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