Yair Lapid 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
His father won 15 Knesset seats by fighting religious coercion, but journalist
turned politician Yair Lapid rejected overtures from secularists on Tuesday to
lead an anti-haredi (ultra-Orthodox) campaign in his run for the next
Lapid scolded people who posted anti-haredi jokes on his
Facebook wall. He also surprised his Facebook followers by shunning
“Yes, I believe in God,” he wrote.
Lapid responded on
Facebook to critics such as Kadima leader Tzipi Livni who have said that forming
a party would split the Center-Left camp and enable Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu to get reelected.
“I am not a leftist and I am not part of any
bloc,” Lapid wrote. “I don’t remember Tzipi or [Labor leader] Shelly
[Yacimovich] having a big chance to win the election before I entered the race.
The big question is how to have influence on the national agenda.”
asked why he won’t join Labor, he said, “I am offering something different from
what currently exists.”
Lapid eulogized Defense Minister Ehud Barak,
saying that he had many merits but “he won’t continue in politics after the next
He lamented that former IDF chief of staff Lt.-Gen. (res.)
Gabi Ashkenazi and former Mossad chief Meir Dagan cannot run for Knesset due to
the threeyear cooling off period required by law. Lapid called the law “terrible