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Netanyahu and Lapid.

Netanyahu and Lapid.
Photo Credit: Flash 90

The caption attached to this image by Flash90, our image provider, reads: “Israel’s Minister of Finance Yair Lapid (R) laughs as he talks to an unidentified man during the Conference Of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in Jerusalem, on February 17, 2014.”

I was thinking that it shouldn’t be so difficult to identify, at least in general terms, who this anonymous man is.

I can tell he’s a winner. I see him laughing care free, pearly teeth bright, with my finance minister who’s been slashing food subsidies and other goodies that used to go to loser children, and punishing yeshiva students for missing a draft date, while awarding upwards of $1 billion to wealthy VIPs retiring from political service. In the same budget, practically the same day.

So I know he can’t be a loser. He’s an anonymous winner and he’s very cheerful.

It used to be the men and women who owned us and our children and our future used to be discreet about how fantastic it felt to own people. They kept their power orgies behind closed doors. They weren’t so completely unabashed about it.

But now our slave masters – tycoons, bankers, civil service lackeys, crony capitalists – their power joy is so naked.

Yori Yanover

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.

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