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The Real Yair Lapid

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Yair Lapid is already predicting he will be Israel’s next prime minister.  Unfortunately, he never finished high school, or completed his baguryot (high-school matriculation exams) or went to college. However, as a media personality he got into Bar Ilan’s accelerated doctorate program — which is supposed to only be for those who finished an undergraduate degree with honors… he was eventually thrown out of the program for not meeting the admission requirements.  Granted there are many autodidacts who lack academic accreditation and attain success in business or academics or education; Lapid isn’t one of them.

Lapid is pretentious yet grossly ignorant at the same time.  While he may come across as a dynamic media personality, when he puts pen to paper, his lack of intelligence shines through.  Let’s take an article he penned about Israel, “Israel Democracy Institute says 81 percent of the public wants a constitution; not me.”   

Lapid explains why the U.S. Constitution is work of art — “because it was penned by a single author [sic], John Adams[sic], as opposed to a committee [sic]”  – which is the way Israel is attempting to create one.

Israel’s proposed constitution by consensus is an erudite text, maybe overly so. It lacks the emotional depth of the U.S. constitution, not to mention the moral courage of the “Founding Fathers” to deal with controversial issues. It could be that the different way in which the two constitutions were written influenced their content.

One very inspired man, John Adams, wrote the U.S. constitution. The Israeli proposal by consensus, with all due respect to Meir Shamgar, the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, was written by a committee.

It would have helped had Lapid had the time, energy or acumen to at least read the Wikipedia article on the U.S. Constitution to know that it was written by committee, not one man, and certainly not John Adams who wasn’t even on the committee or in the U.S. at the time, he was in London.

If you think that’s embarrassing, its only the tip of iceberg. Here’s a short video (in Hebrew) with a whole slew of intellectual gaffs by Lapid which appears to show a pattern of attempts to drop names and facts which aren’t that factual or connected.

Since entering politics a year ago, Yair Lapid tries to portray himself  in the political center, however he has always been far to the left.  Before entering into politics, he spoke his true colors to Germany’s Der Spiegel:

Yair Lapid: The greatest tragedy of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is that everyone knows how it will end. We will divide up the region. Israel will return most of the West Bank, and the Palestinian flag will fly on public buildings in East Jerusalem. The only unanswered question is how many more people will have to die along the way. And so we will fight against the extremists on both sides, including our extremists, the settlers. When you look at the history of wars, they ultimately revolve around one claim: “My god is better than yours.”

It’s clear that Lapid is intent on splitting Jerusalem, something Dov Lipman adamantly denies.  He hates settlers and is intent on ensuring we all know who the “extremists” are.  Lipman has gone on record saying that he’s in favor of keeping settlement blocs — as an FYI, this means Hebron will be of Israeli control (and it also makes you an extremist to expect the Cave of the Patriarchs will remain under Israeli control).

While Dov Lipman claims that the “real” Jewish Home is his own “Yesh Atid” party, Yair Lapid’s Jewish Home is a Reform Temple in Tel-Aviv. I have no issue with Lapid’s connection to the Reform movement in Israel, or even providing them with funding which they deserve. I am concerned that the lowest common denominator of Judaism in Israel will be changed (religious status quo of halachic Jewishness), which will fracture the Jewish people in Israel, prevent marriages, and will result in far more disunity than unity.

Another example of his moral fiber, Lapid used his personal YNET column to childishly insult and viciously lambast an awarded, outstanding IDF soldierand used illegally obtained private and classified IDF information against the soldier.  When sued in court, Lapid lost.  Not exactly the moral and ethical beacon for Israel.

Why is MK-Elect Dov Lipman Afraid of Losing His US Citizenship?

Monday, January 28th, 2013

The Knesset’s basic law requires an Israeli Member of Knesset to renounce foreign (dual) citizenship before being able to enjoy the rights as a member of Knesset:

If a Knesset member holds an additional, non-Israeli citizenship, and the laws of the country whose citizenship he holds permit him to be released from such citizenship, he shall not declare allegiance until after he has done everything required on his part to be released from such citizenship, and he shall not enjoy the rights of a Knesset member until he makes his declaration.

MK-elect Dov Lipman said to Makor Rishon that he “spoke to his lawyers” about this issue, and Haaretz reported wasn’t very happy about having to relinquish his U.S. citizenship:

I am going to be relinquishing my U.S. citizenship with a very heavy heart,” he said. “One side of my family came to America to escape pogroms in Russia, and the other survived the Holocaust. America provided us with a safe haven in which to rebuild our family. My father was someone who was able to become a federal judge while being a religious Jew. It’s painful, but I’ve been told it’s the law. I do so with a heavy heart and of course, there is also the flip side – knowing I’ll be pure Israeli. We decided to figure out if there are any other reasons that MK-elect Dov Lipman doesn’t want to give up his U.S. citizenship.  In our on-line poll – which do you think is correct?

9.    Is afraid he’ll be out of a job a in a year and won’t be able to get a green card to work in the U.S.

8.   Doesn’t want to lose out on U.S. social security retirement benefits

7.    Not willing the pay this small price for peace with the Palestinians

6.    Needs a U.S. passport for refuge when his party’s peace plan explodes

5.    Doesn’t want to stand on a separate line for passport control than his family when visiting the U.S.

4.    Thinks the law should only be intended for Meir Kahana and not for progressive rabbis.

3.    Won’t be able to be considered an “Anglo” representative anymore.

2.    What will the “non-Jews” say?

1.    Doesn’t want to lose out on the $1000 per child IRS tax rebate.

 

MK Lipman – Welcome to the big leagues — Political satire is the highest form of flattery!

PS: If you had any doubts about Yesh Atid’s founder, here’s a great video extolling Lapid’s intelligence on a wide range of subjects.

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