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Lapid Changes His Stripes and Tells Middle Class to be Patient

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

It’s amazing how an election victory can change the stripes of a tiger, namely Yair Lapid. The sensation of Israeli politics who campaigned on behalf of the middle class and denounced the government for promising their situation will be better, now says the same thing.

Barely three months in office and weeks after imposing austerity measures and higher taxes that hit the middle class hard, Lapid said not to worry. Just wait a couple of years and everyone will feel the changes for the better in the housing market, he declared.

Israeli media major a mountain of a molehill Sunday morning, headlining “social justice” protests Saturday that grew a grand total of 3,000 people, a measly turnout to mark the anniversary of the first “cottage cheese” protests two summers ago.

“People did not take to the streets because of housing or the price of cottage cheese, but because they felt that they were abused by the system,” Lapid said after Saturday night’s demonstration in Tel Aviv. “Most European countries would grab our situation with both hands,” he told Channel 10 television.

Lapid and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu were the objects of derision at the protest, headed by “limousine liberal” Dafni Leef.

“Bibi + Lapid = Morsi” stated one sign. Another proclaimed, “Capital, government = the underworld.”

‘Protest Tent’ Leader Snorts at All Politicians – Except Bennett

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett won praise from a most unexpected corner Monday, with social protest leader Daphni Leff dumping on Yair Lapid, among others, but praising Bennett’s party as the only one with any real heritage.

In an interview with the European Jewish Press, Leff not surprisingly dismissed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for having called the recent election “for a budget that he couldn’t pass and that nobody saw.”

Leef, who lives in a wealthy suburb in metropolitan Tel Aviv, led the tent protest movement two summers ago in an attempt to bring down food prices and make housing affordable in the Tel Aviv area.

She cast Tzipi Livni as “right-wing,” although she is viewed by Bennett and other nationalists as left of center, and criticized Lapid, head of the Future (Yes Atid party), for not “talking about breaking the monopoly.”

She added, “I don’t hear people talking about regulation of rents; there are a lot of issues that are not heard….

“It’s as if the entire political system is being treated like a game, of monopoly and in the same time, people feel under attack for just living their lives, even in the international arena. But there’s a detachment between a lot of the people in the country and the political arena.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/protest-tent-leader-snorts-at-all-politicians-except-bennett/2013/02/25/

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