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‘That’s Just How It Is In The Knesset’

Rabbi Gafni is a complex person. Most of the time in the plenum he acts haughty, but the moment he is away from the cameras he becomes a sweet, reasonable person.

Minister of Finance Yair Lapid.

Minister of Finance Yair Lapid.

“I’ll get back to you,” Gafni said with a smile.

Of course he never got back to me, and it appears he won’t. What a shame. It could be different, and “that’s just how it is in the Knesset” is a weak excuse for us not to be able to restore the lost honor of our scarred parliament.

About the Author: Yair Lapid heads the Yesh Atid Party and serves as Israel’s finance minister.


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