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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Columnist, former television personality and new politician Yair Lapid said the
government is scared of him, after the Ministerial Committee for Legislation
approved a bill on Sunday that would require him to declare the sources of his
“It is nice that so many old-school politicians decided to get
together and prove to the public that everything I have been saying about them
is right,” Lapid wrote on his Facebook wall. “It is one thing to be a coward,
but another to be shameless. They could at least hide their
According to the aspiring politician, the new bill proves that the
system of government must be changed to “get rid of old, despicable
Nine ministers voted in favor of the measure, with
Minister-without-Portfolio Bennie Begin, Intelligence Agencies Minister Dan
Meridor and Government Services Minister Michael Eitan opposed.
House Committee Chairman Yariv Levin (Likud) and MKs Otniel Schneller (Kadima)
and Daniel Ben- Simon (Labor) submitted the legislation, which would require any
person or group that declares “in writing or in speech, clearly or through
behavior” an intention to run for a Knesset seat without joining an existing
party to officially form a new party within two weeks of the declaration, or pay
a NIS 150,000 fine.
The new party would then have to comply with
campaign- finance laws, and reveal the sources of its funding.
explained that the purpose of the bill is to ensure maximum transparency in
“Lapid should show minimal public fairness and
reveal the sources of his funding even before this bill passes,” the Likud MK
According to Levin, the public has the right to know “where the
money is from,” a twist on Lapid’s campaign slogan “Where is the money?”