Yair Lapid with gay flag 370.
(photo credit: Yair Lapid at meeting in Knesset, 3 June 2013.)
Finance Minister Yair Lapid angered haredi Knesset members on Friday when in a
letter to God he posted on his Facebook page ahead of Yom Kippur, he apologized
for not yet drafting haredim, initiating civil marriage and providing public
transportation on Shabbat.
Lapid’s post on Facebook received more than
6,000 “likes” endorsing its content.
“I have what to apologize for,
Master of the Universe, but not for mistakes we [in Yesh Atid] made, but for
what we have not yet changed,” Lapid wrote.
“As long as there is no civil
marriage and public transportation on Shabbat because of people who think they
speak in your name, we have what to change. As long as we have not completed the
historic process of drafting haredim and enabling them to enter the workforce,
we have what to change.”
Lapid also apologized to God for the peace
process not yet changing reality and for several problems he had not yet fixed
in his role as finance minister, including the high cost of living for the
middle class, poverty among children, small businesses that cannot get off the
ground, and young couples who cannot afford to buy a home.
The Yesh Atid
chairman promised God to improve the education system, help Holocaust survivors
and limit the power of financial tycoons. He also addressed his current
profession and the one he left: Politics and the media.
“As long as our
public discourse continues to be violent and shallow, purist, extremist, full of
insults and devoid of listening, we have what to change,” Lapid wrote. “As long
as our politics is cynical, headline- chasing and prefers televised fights to
cooperation that brings results, we have what to change.”
Judaism MK Ya’acov Asher blasted Lapid’s Facebook post.
“Even on Yom
Kippur eve, a day that unites the Jewish people, Lapid decided to continue to
spread hatred and sow discord among the sectors of the nation,” Asher said.
“This man is unfit to be a leader.”