Who is Yair Lapid?

JPost visits Lapid’s home to get a personal impression of the man who may represent everyone left of Netanyahu in the next gov't.

By DEBORAH DANAN
January 15, 2013 17:59
Yair Lapid in his home

Yair Lapid. (photo credit: Hadas Parush)

 
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A week ago, Rabbi Shai Piron, the national-religious resident of the Judea and Samaria town of Oranit, was reported to have said that Naftali Bennett’s Bayit Yehudi was a “good and worthy” party that he would vote for if he wasn’t already playing second fiddle to Yair Lapid’s party, Yesh Atid. Bizarrely, however, only a few days later in an interview on the Knesset Channel, Piron called Bennett’s annexation plan “delusional,” further stating that it "denies international assumptions regarding a two-state solution and leads us to danger."

Mixed messages are part and parcel of the Israeli electoral system, with politicians making categorical statements only to overturn them the very next day. Are Piron’s contradictory statements reflective of the doublespeak trend prevalent among political parties or merely indicative of vague policies? Either way, it doesn’t bode well for the centrist bloc. 

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