Finance Minister Yair Lapid, in an interview published over the weekend, said it
was wrong of him to say that he would win the next general election.
relationship between Lapid and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu started off on
the wrong foot because of that comment from Lapid in a post-election interview
that celebrated his accomplishment of winning 19 seats for his Yesh Atid
“Responding ‘I believe so’ when I was asked whether I would win
the next election was one of the stupidest things I have ever said,” Lapid said
in an interview with Yediot Aharonot. “That sentence was really so stupid it’s
almost scary. The politically correct answer is ‘whatever Israeli voters
decide.’ But I was in momentum.”
In the interview, Lapid admitted
breaking a campaign promise to his middle-class voters by raising their taxes.
But he said he was convinced his constituency would forgive him and return to
When asked how many mandates Yesh Atid will win in the next
election, he said “more [than last time].”
Taking a surprisingly dovish
position, when he was asked what his top achievement in politics will be, he
said it would be making peace. He said he was looking forward to signing
ceremonies on the White House lawn.
“I come from a nationalist home, so
talk of our homeland moves me,” he said. “So it will be painful, but that is
apparently how it will have to be. I wouldn’t want the peace process to be run
by people who are happy about it.”
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