The West Bank robber

The Left’s hopes for Lapid are not simply about peace.

January 12, 2012 16:02
3 minute read.
Yair Lapid

yair lapid 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


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The day after Israel’s iconic journalist Yair Lapid announced he was quitting his lucrative job at Channel 2 to run for Knesset, former soccer star Eric Cantona declared he was throwing his hat into the ring for France’s upcoming presidential election. While Cantona is only running for PR purposes, and will probably gather a minimal amount of the votes, Lapid is expected to capture 15 of the Knesset’s 120 seats, becoming the next government’s kingmaker.

Besides his anticlerical views (inherited from his late father and former journalist turned politician Tommy Lapid), Yair Lapid has no platform. The fact that, in Israel, a prospective politician does not need a clear platform in order to become a major player in the Knesset goes to show what is wrong with Israel’s voting system.


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