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?"
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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."
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.