Lapid: I'll battle for middle class as Finance Minister

March 15, 2013 18:24

Following the signing of a coalition agreement with Likud Beytenu on Friday, Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid stated on his Facebook page that he had decided to accept the Finance Ministry in order to help answer the question he asked during his campaign, "Where is the money?"

The Yesh Atid chairman said that in order to help the middle class in Israel he was "not afraid to take steps that will damage my popularity."

Lapid also addressed concerns about his lack of experience ahead of his assuming the Finance Ministry. "It is true I am not an economist. Part of my job will be to congregate the leading professionals around me and make them work together. An external expert mustn't sit in the finance minister's chair, but rather a politician who has considerable political power behind him. Only a politician can stand up to all the pressure that the various sectors put on the Finance Ministry."

Lapid vowed to wage a "daily war" for the middle class as finance minister.

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