Set to become prime minister, Lapid faces critical test against resurgent Netanyahu

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Set to become prime minister, Lapid faces critical test against resurgent Netanyahu
Foreign minister, expected to be sworn in as caretaker PM next week, vows to face Israel’s challenges as country hurtles toward another round of elections
By Josef Federman

AP — In a 10-year political career, Yair Lapid has transformed himself from an upstart political novice to a feisty opposition leader to a savvy operator who helped topple former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Next week, he is expected to assume his biggest role yet — as the new prime minister. Following the government’s decision to disband, Lapid, now foreign minister, is set to take office as caretaker prime minister until elections, which are expected to take place in the fall.

It will be a critical test for Lapid, 58, who will try to convince Israelis he is worthy of the top office as he takes on a resurgent Netanyahu. “A year ago, we started the process of rebuilding, and now, we’re carrying it on, and carrying it on together,” Lapid declared late Monday as he stood alongside his main coalition partner, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

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