Finance Minister Yair Lapid used to smoke marijuana, and is lying when he denies
it in interviews, according to testimony from former associates that came
forward this weekend. The testimonial came soon after Lapid denied having tried
the illegal drug in an interview released Friday.
“It wouldn’t harm me
politically if I said I smoked grass, but I didn’t. I decided at a young age
that I’m against it,” Lapid told a Yediot Aharonot reporter. “For many years I
drank alcohol – I was married twice. I smoked cigarettes and cigars, which is a
much bigger image problem than smoking grass in Israel. And now what? I need to
pretend that I smoked so that someone will think I’m nice? It’s
Lapid added that in his high school yearbook it said that he
refused to smoke it and threatened to call the police if his classmates
On Saturday night, actor Tomer Sharon and Sophia Trotoush Argaman
wrote about their experiences smoking cannabis with the finance
They both called for its legalization.
“I’m very angry,
and now, unfortunately, I have to speak openly. [Lapid’s] insistence that
[he didn’t smoke marijuana] is incomprehensible and raises concerns about the
way you make decisions. You are sticking to your lie! Are all the people who
smoked with you peons?” Trotoush Argaman wrote on Facebook.
smoking a joint with Lapid in his house together with a mutual friend in the
early ’90s, and said it was clear that it was not his first time smoking,
because he called it “good stuff” and gave her and her friend a
Trotoush Argaman said she did not know Lapid personally, but she
remembered smoking with him that one time because he was already somewhat famous
at that point.
“I think it’s my responsibility as a citizen to reveal
that a politician in such a senior position is lying to us,” she
Sharon took to Facebook, wondering why Lapid feels so
threatened by marijuana.
According to Sharon, Lapid wrote a play for the
Nahal Brigade Band together with the band’s members, and smoked with them. When
Lapid smoked, he was nice and funny and respected the band members, but when he
didn’t, Sharon wrote, he was rude to them, jealous of their talent, and
threatened to beat them up.
“I liked his smoked-up version. I feared his
other side,” Sharon wrote.
“The other side is the one that ran in the
last election! The Yair who compares angry people to schnauzers, who ensures his
place [as Yesh Atid leader] until 2020 [without a primary], who punishes MKs who
dare to think differently, who says poor people are responsible for their
poverty, who rejects any blame.”
Lapid’s office declined comment on the
allegations. Lapid was named Person of the Year by The Jerusalem Post’s sister
publication, Sof Hashavua, on Friday.