"Lapid's first test would be to stop being 'Mr. Nice Guy,'" Meretz MK Ilan Gilon said at a cultural event in Shoham on Saturday.

"In the short term he needs to stop the dramatic cutbacks [Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu plans to do in the Education, Social Affairs and Health Ministries, and raise direct-taxing for the upper echelon," Gilon said.

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