Yair Lapid, Chairman of Yesh Atid, responded on Saturday to his decision to join Labor and the Tzipi Livni Party in discussing a united front against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
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At a cultural event hosted in Kiryat Bialik, Lapid downplayed the announcement, coyly responding to questions over his Friday night phone-call with Livni and the decision to meet with her and Labor leader Shelly Yacimovich, saying that the party leaders would meet in any case.
"Of course I will grant Livni and Yachimovich's request to meet. I meet with every element in the political establishment who wishes to discuss matters with me. This week I had coffee and a long conversation with Shelly Yachimovich. There is no big drama here. The political system is built in a way that its leaders meet all the time," Lapid said.
Lapid added that he did not enjoy publicized announcements, stating: "I don’t like it when people act out of pressure, and it seemed odd to me that the meeting was announced on television with a dramatic statement," he said.