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Lapid formally invites Netanyahu for security meeting, as the two quarrel over issue

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Prime Minister Yair Lapid formally invited opposition chief Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday to a routine security briefing, as the two continued to quarrel about the issue.

“In accordance with Knesset Law, I would like to invite you as soon as possible to a status update meeting on the national affairs on the agenda,” Lapid wrote in a letter to Netanyahu dated July 3.

The letter came two days after Lapid invited Netanyahu to a security briefing alongside the prime minister’s military secretary, Avi Gil, during a phone call with the opposition leader.

Lapid’s spokesperson said Friday that the premier invited Netanyahu to “come, as is accepted, for a security briefing in [Lapid’s] office with the military secretary.” But according to Netanyahu’s spokesperson, the opposition head responded that he wanted to get the legally mandated security updates from Lapid’s military secretary, but without Lapid being present, “in order to prevent the security briefing from turning into a political tool ahead of elections.”

Netanyahu’s apparent concern is not to be seen, and possibly photographed, being........

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