Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid speaks at a press conference, November 2017.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Former finance minister Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party has decided to hold 15 events in English all over the country over the next few months, boosting its efforts to attract Anglophone voters.
The events, featuring former Yesh Atid MK Dov Lipman, will be called “Yesh Atid 101.”
The first event will take place on Sunday at Beer Bazaar in Mahaneh Yehuda in Jerusalem, at 7:30 p.m. Lipman will present Yesh Atid and in his words, “stay until every question from those in attendance has been answered.”
Other events will be held in Tel Aviv, Ra’anana, Netanya, Modi’in, Rehovot, Haifa, Beersheba, Zichron Ya’acov, Tel Mond, Ma’aleh Adumim, Gush Etzion and Kfar Saba. They will follow up on a well-attended event at the Israel Museum with Lapid in September.
Lipman said he attributes the high interest in Yesh Atid to a few factors, including Lapid emerging as the main alternative to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“People from our backgrounds tend to be against a prime minister who leads for this many terms,” Lipman said. “Second, they see Yair as a statesman who has traveled the world making the case for Israel in excellent English.
Third, English-speaking immigrants detest the corruption which is so rampant in the current government, and they see Yesh Atid as a party which will fight corruption and won’t be caught up in investigations and interrogations. Fourth, English-speaking immigrants are against extremism with regards to religion and state, and see Yesh Atid as the moderate voice which Israel needs.
Finally, English speakers seek leaders with a vision for where they want to lead Israel and a plan to carry it out.”
Yesh Atid has released its seven-point plan for the future of Israel that is available in English. Lipman said potential voters want to hear more about it.