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Yair Lapid Tells US Jews They Are Safer than in Israel

Last week in Budapest, Israel’s glamor MK Yair Lapid scolded Israelis for living in Berlin and not in Israel. So what does he say in NY? Israel may be home, but you know, you are much safer if you stay put.
"Israel was founded as a refuge for the Jewish people, but today it isn't a safe place. It is safer to be Jew in New York,” Minister Lapid told Charlie Rose.

"Israel was founded as a refuge for the Jewish people, but today it isn't a safe place. It is safer to be Jew in New York,” Minister Lapid told Charlie Rose.
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Israel’s Finance Minister Yair Lapid, fresh from having scolded ex-pats for living in Berlin, told New York Jews Monday afternoon that they are safer living in the Big Apple than they would be in Israel.

Lapid certainly did not intend to encourage Jews to stay in America, but that one little sentence packed enough ammunition to undo weeks or months of hard work by anyone encouraging aliyah.

Even worse, Lapid made his remarks at the 92nd St. Y in Manhattan, which The Jewish Press’ Lori Lowenthal Marcus has exposed time and time again for hosting outright anti-Zionists, as reported here, here and here.

Lapid was speaking at the annual meeting of the international Monetary Fund in New York and was interviewed by Charlie Rose, who asked him why Israel does not divide Jerusalem for a peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority.

“It isn’t always possible to assume that everything is rational. Israel was founded as a refuge for the Jewish people, but today it isn’t a safe place. It is safer to be Jew in New York,” Lapid said.

To be fair, he continued, “I want to live in a country that is not just a place, but also an idea, and Jerusalem is the heart of the idea. There may be practical considerations, but a country cannot exist without an ethos, and Jerusalem is an ethos.

“I like Tel Aviv; I live in Tel Aviv, but our right of return is Jerusalem. We did not return after 2,000 years for Tel Aviv, but for Jerusalem. Jerusalem will not be divided. It will continue to be Israel’s capital.”

Two points for Zionism.

When Lapid said that Israel is not as safe as New York, it is difficult to know what he was referring to. Subways? Murder rate?

No doubt, he was thinking of terror. And how many people have been killed by terrorists in Jerusalem this year?

Zero.

And last year? Off hand, zero.

Have there been terrorist attacks? Yes, dozens if not hundreds. Rock throwing and firebombing are attacks carried out with the intent to murder. Lapid would be correct to say that more Jews in Israel are injured by rocks every year than they are in New York or ever the entire United States.

Let’s say they were attempted murders. And how many actual homicides were there in New York last year? If you answered 414, you were right, and that is 20 percent less than in 2011.

Israel recorded 159 murders in 2012, with a total population that is approximately 15 percent less than that of New York City.

Lapid, as usual, did not define what he meant by “safer.” He likes platitudes and slogans without content. That is how got elected.

But besides the question of whether he has his facts wrong, how could he make such a statement – that New York is safer then Israel – after berating Israelis in Berlin for leaving the homeland?

Lipid, visiting in Budapest, wrote on his Facebook page last week, “I am in Budapest. I came here to speak before parliament about anti-Semitism and to remind them how they tried to murder my father here just because Jews did not have a country of their own.

“So forgive me if I am a bit intolerant of people who are prepared to throw away the only country that the Jews have because Berlin is more comfortable.”

Lapid says Berlin is more comfortable than Israel. New York is safer.

By the way, Lapid emigrated to Los Angeles in 1997 to manage a TV production company

Here is a personal note to the Nefesh B’Nefesh organization that promotes aliyah to Israel: Don’t invite Yair Lapid.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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18 Responses to “Yair Lapid Tells US Jews They Are Safer than in Israel”

  1. Robert King Barrett says:

    What a butt head.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Jew's are so safe in America, that they intemarry at 71%, if you are not Orthodox.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Maybe I'm not safer but is Morely Safer?

  4. Carolin Knox says:

    He should stay in U.S.

  5. Miriam Goodman says:

    What a jerk!

  6. Dvorah Bee says:

    Wow- good going Yair, typical leftist thinking- undermining the aliyah movement.

  7. Yechiel Baum says:

    Are Jews safer in the USA because the Israeli leadership gives much to the Arabs and little to the Jewish survivors?

  8. Josh Ram says:

    No kidding

  9. PinchosWoolstone says:

    the guy is going to be a “hasbeen” quickly, a failure.

  10. the guy is on the way to being another Israeli political zero

  11. Stupid Yair Lapid shut up.

  12. Vingore says:

    I think that he was only speaking his mind in a candid and honest way.

  13. Anonymous says:

    B.H. I live in Yerushalayim. There is o finer place anywhere in the world for a Jew to live. Lapid , blinded by his own bubble of self importance does not grasp that the biggest problem we face in Israel is not the Arab population but the psychotic programs of he and his left wing buddies.
    We just buried one of the greatest Rabbis of our generation and one tenth of Israel came to pay their respects and mourn together. Lapid a mouth without a brain and a haircut without strong shoulders knows nothing of sacrifice , courage or honor. He is, in short, the perfect politician.

  14. This is a response to Yair Lapid's interview on his 92 St interview yesterday where he claimed israel doesn't need a recognition from the palestinians as a jewish state.

  15. This is a response to Yair Lapid's interview on his 92 St interview yesterday where he claimed israel doesn't need a recognition from the palestinians as a jewish state.

  16. He is right, although certainly a Jew should prefer Israel, for holidays and kosher and heritage and countless reasons, in Israel's current state it is easier to practice Judaism in the United States. Mandatory military service has sapped the life force out of most Israelis and needs to end.

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