Benjamin Netanyahu and his family vacated the Israeli prime minister’s official residence early Sunday, nearly a month after the longtime leader was ousted from office with the formation of an alternate government.   A family spokesman confirmed the Netanyahus left the residence on Balfour Street in Jerusalem shortly after midnight, in line with a deadline agreed upon last month with newly inaugurated Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.  The Balfour residence had become a symbol of the Netanyahus’ scandals and was the scene of weekly protests against Netanyahu for much of the past year. Demonstrators called on the then-prime minister to resign while on trial for corruption. Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing and refused to step down.  Netanyahu was Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, having held office for the past 12 years and a stint in the 1990s, and had occupied the residence since 2009.  Bennett has not yet announced a date for moving into the residence. 

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