Yair Lapid

Yair Lapid is a Tel Aviv-born center-left Israeli politician. He is the founder and chairman of the Yesh Atid political party.

Lapid served as the alternate Prime Minister to Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister in a 2021 coalition government. He had also previously served as Finance Minister in Benjamin Netanyahu’s government from 2013-2014.

Yair Lapid began his public career as a journalist and TV presenter, before branching out into politics in 2012 with the formation of Yesh Atid.

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Israeli politicians call for state commission of inquiry following release of Oct. 7 probe

"The government cannot continue to evade its responsibility towards the citizens of Israel, the families of the fallen, and the families of the hostages." 

Demonstrators protest calling for the for the release of Israeli hostages held in the Gaza Strip

Israel must prioritize hostages above all

It’s clear Netanyahu’s far-right flank does not want any deal, short of complete Hamas surrender.

  Head of opposition Yair Lapid leads a faction meeting at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament

Lapid offers to join government for approving hostage deal if Ben-Gvir, Smotrich leave

"Netanyahu doesn't need to choose between a hostage deal and continuing his tenure as Prime Minister, he should make the deal,' Lapid said.

 Israelis protest against the government’s proposed judicial reforms in Tel Aviv on February 4.

Yair Lapid's adviser: Democracy must be able to protect itself

The Jerusalem Post Podcast with Tamar Uriel-Beeri and Zvika Klein.

Lapid, Sa'ar warn against 'return of judicial reform'

Lapid said that his party would not allow this to happen "with polite protest from the sidelines."

'Israel released a murderer': Hostages families, politicians respond to Abu Salmiya's release

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Office stated in response that "The decision came following discussions at the High Court."

Where is Israel’s political landscape headed at this point in the war?

Political Affairs: Is a ‘clean sweep’ incoming, or is it just ‘old wine in new bottles’?


Gap closing between Netanyahu and Gantz, Yesh Atid and Yisrael Beytenu follow

Poll by Channel 12 shows Likud and National Unity narrowing gap, with Likud at 20 mandates, National Unity at 23. Yesh Atid follows with 15, Yisrael Beytenu with 14 mandates.

‘Nothing will be left of you’ – Lapid, Netanyahu trade barbs on Knesset floor

The exchange came after the ongoing State Commission of Inquiry on what is known as the “Submarine Affair” issued warning letters to five individuals, including Netanyahu.

Chaos at protests: Journalist violently pushed by police, fires lit on street

Following the incident in which Cohen was pushed, Israel Police issued an apology statement saying they were "sorry for the incident that took place."

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