The centrist Yesh Atid party, headed by former finance minister Yair Lapid, held a faction meeting at the Knesset on Tuesday, where it laid out its projected goals for the opposition.
"We went through a difficult and divisive election campaign," Lapid said at the beginning of the session, "which deepened the rifts in Israeli society [and] created hate and fear and hostility."
"Our first task, our first mission, is to create a new Israeli contract," he added, laying out the principles that would guide his party, as the 20th Knesset was about to be sworn in.
Lapid said the elections "proved that Yesh Atid" was here to stay "for years to come as a central force in Israeli politics and Israeli society."
"We proved that major changes can be achieved in a short space of time," he said, referencing his short time -- less than two years -- at the helm of the Finance Ministry.
Congratulating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on winning his fourth term in office, he said Yesh Atid was "heading to the opposition with our heads held high."