The Lapid gamble

ByLESLIE SUSSER
May 22, 2013 14:55

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu steered Yair Lapid to finance, hoping to see him take flak for impending tough fiscal moves

Yair Lapid

Yair Lapid Speaking521. (photo credit:Baz Ratner/Reuters)

In mid-April Finance Minister Yair Lapid was riding high. Polls showed his Yesh Atid party winning 30 Knesset seats, as many as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu; Time magazine included Lapid in its 2013 list of the world’s 100 most influential people, and dumped Netanyahu; and Lapid talked openly about beating the prime minister for the top job next time around.

Then came the 2013/2014 budget proposal.

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