At his government’s final weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid praised its military, economic and diplomatic accomplishments.

“Relative to the short time that this government has been in office—a year and a half in total—the list of achievements…is extraordinary,” said Lapid.

On the economic front, his government had “rescued the country from an economic crisis. We passed a state budget after more than three years without one. We reduced the deficit and unemployment to numbers that are among the lowest in the country’s history.”

In the military sphere, Lapid referred to “Operation Breaking Dawn” (Aug. 5-7) against the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group in Gaza, in which Israel eliminated two of its leaders, and the ongoing “Operation Break the Wave” counter-terror operation in Judea and Samaria, which began in March.

Among the government’s diplomatic successes, Lapid said that by working with the Biden administration, “we prevented the renewal of the nuclear agreement with Iran.”

His government had also opened embassies and missions in the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Bahrain and established the “Negev Summit,” an ongoing forum of signatories of the Abraham Accords. Lapid also noted his government renewed relations with Turkey and forged a “historic agreement with Lebanon on a maritime border.”

Lapid concluded on an optimistic note: “We’ll be back in this room, sooner than you think.”

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