'We will return': Lapid's government in last cabinet meeting

Outgoing premier tells his ministers the current government 'did not work only for our bloc or our camp,' but for the benefit of all Israelis; Ben-Gvir's party mate says Netanyahu's coalition to be sworn in 'by end of this week'

Haim Goldich|
Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Sunday convened the last cabinet meeting of his government, telling the ministers, "We will return to this room faster than you think."
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  • "It was a government that knew quite a few political storms, but most of all - it was a government that worked hard for the State of Israel and for its people," Lapid said, adding that his government passed 1,613 life-changing decision.
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    Prime Minister Yair Lapid during last cabinet meeting
    (Photo: The Knesset Channel)
    "Relative to the short time that this government was in office - a year and a half in total - its list of achievements is extraordinary."
    The outgoing primer then detailed some of the achievements, including passing of the state budget, reducing the deficit and eliminating senior operatives of the Islamic Jihad in Gaza during the latest flare-up in the Palestinian enclave in August, dubbed Operation Breaking Dawn.
    "We did not work only for the benefit of those who elected us. We did not work only for our bloc or our camp. The government in Israel has a clear role: to protect the country."
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    25th Knesset swearing in ceremony
    (Photo: Knesset's spokesperson)
    Lapid and his center-left bloc lost in the November 1 elections, with Prime Minister-elect Benjamin Netanyahu now working to assemble his, right-wing coalition.
    Earlier on Sunday, MK Almog Cohen from Itamar Ben-Gvir's Religious Zionists faction said that he believes a new government will be sworn in as soon as the end of this week.
    "No need to get riled up about every news tidbit. Every side is trying to maximize its influence and bring its worldview into the forefront. I believe a new government will be sworn in by the end of the week," he told Ynet Radio.
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