Lapid in the doldrums

ByLESLIE SUSSER
May 30, 2014 08:39

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid faces tough challenges to restore the great promise he held out after the January 2013 election.




Lapid

Can Yair Lapid and Yesh Atid buck the flash-in-the-pan-and-implode syndrome of centrist party successes ?. (photo credit:FLASH 90)

 Little more than a year ago, Yair Lapid was the great white hope of Israeli politics.

The buzz around him, especially among the young and upwardly mobile, was unprecedented. The self-styled savior of the secular middle class, he would slay the twin dragons of inequitable wealth distribution and soaring housing costs, get Haredim to join the army and the work force, and tip the balance in favor of peacemaking with the Palestinians, keeping Israel both Jewish and democratic.

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