Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid delivered a parting shot on Thursday to Benjamin Netanyahu’s incoming coalition, calling it a “government of destruction” and vowing to return to power.

“This is not the end, this is the beginning of the fight for our beloved country,” Lapid said in a Facebook post. “We are fighting for the future of our children and we will not stop until we topple the government of destruction and return [to power],” he added.

אזרחי ישראל, תודה על השנה וחצי האחרונות. זה לא סיום, זה תחילת המאבק על המדינה האהובה שלנו. אנחנו נלחמים על עתיד הילדים שלנו ולא נעצור עד שנפיל את ממשלת ההרס, ונחזור.

Posted by ‎Yair Lapid – יאיר לפיד‎ on Wednesday, December 28, 2022

The statement comes amid reports that Lapid and Netanyahu will forgo the traditional transfer of power ceremony when the new government is sworn in on Thursday.

The Likud Party released a statement saying that Netanyahu had not been offered the opportunity to attend such a ceremony.

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