Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his family have completed their departure from the Prime Minister’s residence in Jerusalem and have left the Balfour Street house after 12 years.
A spokesman for the Netanyahu family confirmed the move early Sunday morning and said they left the residence shortly after midnight.
Moving trucks were seen near the home earlier this week. On Friday, Channel 12 reported that several vehicles left the residence – apparently cars belonging to Netanyahu’s motorcade as the opposition leader.
Netanyahu’s departure comes nearly a month after he was removed from power, in accordance with an agreement he reached with new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
There is no law that dictates how quickly a former prime minister must leave the residence.
In the past this was done in a matter of days, but the Netanyahu family has done it twice – after Netanyahu’s election defeat in 1999 and now again.
Some voices within the new coalition have called for legislation to set a mandatory departure deadline going forward.
Bennett, who was sworn in as prime minister on June 13, is now expected to use the residence. The prime minister reportedly plans to allow his family to stay in their hometown of Ra’anana during the week, while using the official residence for meetings. They can go with him in Jerusalem on the weekend.
Meanwhile, the Netanyahus will move to their private home in Caesarea while security upgrades are made at their private home in Jerusalem, after which the opposition leader plans to spend much of his time there.