Former journalist Yair Lapid vowed on Wednesday to take his new Atid Party into
the next government, criticizing former Kadima leader Tzipi Livni for keeping
her party in the opposition.
In a speech to students at Sapir Academic
College near Sderot, Lapid lashed out at Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for
forming a government with 30 ministers. He accused Netanyahu of “corruption” for
appointing a strategic affairs minister and ministers without
Nevertheless, he appeared to pave the way for himself to serve
as a minister in the next government, which all polls indicate that Netanyahu
will form. Lapid has repeatedly expressed interest in being education
“Tzipi Livni has to consider her voters who cast ballots for
her party because they wanted it to enter the government and have influence on
their behalf,” Lapid said.
“Had Kadima entered the current government,
perhaps it would have been more moderate and done more to pursue peace. Kadima
made a mistake that I do not intend to repeat. I will enter the government and
fight for the things I believe in.”
He expressed hope that the next
government would be limited to 18 ministers. He blamed the political system for
encouraging appointments that did not make sense.
For instance, Lapid
called Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman “unprofessional” and blasted him for
“going to the UN and announcing that there will not be peace for 30
Sounding like his father, the late Shinui leader Yosef “Tommy”
Lapid, Yair Lapid called upon the haredim (ultra-Orthodox) to perform national
“Imagine what would happen if 100,000 young haredim help the
country in the fields of health and welfare,” he said. “You all read about the
situation of elderly Holocaust survivors in Israel. They want to do a mitzva?
They should go buy the elderly their medicine and hold the hand of a Holocaust
survivor who is sick in bed. This will made them better people.”