Yair Lapid 311.
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Following a flurry of activity from the political arena, Jerusalem Post political correspondent Gil Hoffman dubbed this past week as “the most exciting in recent history.”
With Yair Lapid leaving media to join politics, and Noam Schalit’s recent announcement that he will do the same, the question is whether these new candidates pose a threat to any existing MKs or parties.
Hoffman asserts that Yair Lapid poses a threat to Kadima, a party that
has dominated the Center-Left bloc for seven years. According to
Hoffman, opposition leader Tzipi Livni doesn’t have “anywhere near the
charisma that Yair Lapid has,” and that for young people, “there’s no
one cooler than Yair Lapid.” Hoffman believes that come election time,
there is a strong chance that Lapid’s party will replace Kadima as the
second largest party after Likud.
Hoffman also predicts that more household names will appear on the
political horizon in the near future, including journalists and leaders
of the socio-economic summer protests such as Daphni Leef or Izhik
Despite the recent political momentum, Hoffman posits that it is by no
means indicative of imminent elections. According to Hoffman, Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will do what it takes to keep this
government in power for as long as possible and as such, it is likely
that the next election will only take place in March 2013.