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In US, Lapid criticizes Israeli government’s handling of security issues

The opposition leader said: “Strong democracies do not jeopardize their security interests in order to solve political problems.”

Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid of Yesh Atid. Credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO via Wikimedia Commons.

Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid of the Yesh Atid Party accused his rival of weakening the Jewish state’s democracy while visiting Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

Lapid met with Amos Hochstein, special presidential coordinator for global infrastructure and energy security, and Brett McGurk, who serves as national security council coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa.

After the meeting’s conclusion, Lapid said: “Strong democracies do not jeopardize their security interests in order to solve political problems.”

Lapid also plans to meet with members of Congress. 

U.S. President Joe Biden still has not invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House.

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