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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Channel 2 anchorman Yair Lapid responded personally on Monday, for the first time, to criticism that he had crossed the line from journalism into politics, when he wrote a letter to his boss, Channel 2 director-general Avi Weiss.
In the letter, Lapid said that he had no connection to any old or new political organization. He noted that he had said in the past that there was a slim chance he would enter politics, but he would not rule it out.
“As far as I know, thoughts and expressions are still not forbidden in the state of Israel,” Lapid wrote.
He said he was careful to prevent his views from influencing the way he anchored Channel 2’s Friday night news magazine Ulpan Shishi
The Second Television Authority is expected to hold a hearing about
Lapid’s future next week, after he was caught on tape expressing
political views at a lecture in Herzliya last week.
In the speech, Lapid called for voters to return to the Center-Left,
and he outlined a platform that included evacuating the West Bank and
Golan Heights, drafting yeshiva students, transferring a fourth of the
defense budget to education, and limiting the number of ministers.
Second Television Authority chairman Amnon Nadav said in the wake of
the speech that he would recommend Lapid’s firing at the hearing.
A rally will be held in the Knesset on Wednesday in support of Kadima
MK Ronit Tirosh’s bill that would require a cooling-off period before
journalists enter the Knesset.