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Annals of Democracy: Lapid Cancels Primaries, Retains Total Control

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Yesh Atid Chaieman Yair Lapid decided to withdraw his decision to conduct free elections among party members for the role of party chairman and primaries to decide the list of candidates, Israel’s Channel 10 News revealed Thursday. Lapid initially promised, when he established Yesh Atid in 2012, that he would lead the party for two consecutive terms and then open it up for the voters to choose their leaders. Channel 10 reported Lapid had reached the decision on his own, without consulting with other party members.

Israeli political parties have three ways of picking their candidates: Likud, Labor, Bayit Yehudi, Meretz, and the United Arab List (at least two out of three of its factions) invite their members to vote for their favorite leaders, each party on a separate, nationwide primary day; the ultra-Orthodox party decides its candidate list through negotiations and Shas by a directive of the Council of Sages; and the rest are the private domain of the party bosses — Avigdor Liebrman, Moshe Kahlon, and Yair Lapid.

Lapid, like the other two bosses in the Knesset, also retained the right to pick the list of candidates for the next Knesset elections. Now, does this mean that he knows something the rest of us do not? Is Netanyahu planning yet another run, less than a year after the last one?

Yesh Atid dropped from 19 to 11 seats in the 20th Knesset, and has been sharing the center with Kahlon’s Kulanu, with its 10 members. Both Lapid and Kahlon have run the Finance Ministry during their stint in government, and both are competing for the same voters; they could cobble together the largest party in the Knesset, but they won’t. So the fight between them promises to be fierce. And so, whether the next elections come now or in three years from now, Lapid must recruit the best list of candidates he can against Kahlon, who will have the momentum of incumbency.

In other words, Democracy, shmedocracy, ya first gotta’ win it to be in it…

David Israel

Lapid: Iran Deal Now Funding Terror at Israel’s Expense

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Israel is now reaping the fruits of the IranDeal signed with Tehran by the United States and five other world powers, Yesh Atid party chairman Yair Lapid told a gathering of foreign journalists Monday at the Jerusalem Press Club.

Lapid clearly backed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his stance on the Iranian threat to Israel – and U.S. culpability in strengthening that threat.

The former finance minister told reporters that the new flow of funds released in the relief of sanctions against Iran is already threatening Israel. “Secretary of State [John] Kerry said himself last week that some of the sanctions relief will go to funding terrorism. For us this is not theoretical. This money translates itself into rockets aimed at our children,” Lapid said.

“The next conflict in the north or south of Israel is just a matter of time,” he warned. “The provocations, the breaches of international law, the preparations… are already happening every day by Hamas in the south and Hezbollah in the north. Both with [and result from] Iranian backing.

“When the fighting breaks out, the analysis and reporting shouldn’t start with the first Israeli strike, but with what’s happening on the ground right now,” he told reporters.

He added that although he agrees with his former coalition partner on these points, Lapid said he still intends to run against Netanyahu in the next election – as the alternative candidate for prime minister.

Hana Levi Julian

Hareidi Rabbis Rejected Netanyahu Request that Lapid Join Coalition

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Rabbis who advise the Hareidi Yehadut HaTorah (United Torah Judaism – UTJ) party have rejected a proposal by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to expand the government with the inclusion of Yesh Atid, chaired by Yair Lapid.

UTJ Minister Yaakov Litzman confirmed the report that was published Monday afternoon by the Hedrei Haderim website.

The coalition has survived for half a year with the narrowest of majorities, a single vote, and it has had to scramble several times to bring in Knesset Members to prevent an embarrassing defeat of a government bill or stop passage of an unwanted Opposition bill.

The Opposition also has not grabbed at opportunities to topple the government, and Opposition MKs often have left the Knesset forum in the same numbers that coalition MKs are absent.

Prime Minister Netanyahu would like to have a more comfortable majority, and Lapid’s chameleon-like positions have made it possible for him to sit with any government.

However, the Hareidi rabbis have drawn a giant X on Lapid, whose Holy Grail is to draft Hareidim, regardless of how much they learn in yeshivas or at least are listed as learning.

Hedrei Haderim reported that Litzman said:

I confirm that I received the request from the Prime Minister and that according to the advice of the Torah Sages Council, the answer is negative.

Lapid is a red line.

The office of the Prime Minister has not commented on the report, and Shas Hareidi party chairman Aryeh Deri told the website he knows nothing about it.

As for relations between Litzman and Lapid, the Yesh Atid leader recently approached the Knesset podium as Litzman stepped down.

Lapid reportedly patted Litzman’s shoulder, and the minister coolly brushed off his clothes, as if to clean off the dirt.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Lapid ‘Fed Up with the Palestinians’

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Yesh Atid party chairman Yair Lapid said Sunday morning he is “fed up” with Palestinian Authority Arabs and “the time has come to separate from them” but with the IDF remaining able to operate to prevent attacks on Jews.

Lapid sounded on Israel radio’s Voice of Israel (Reshet Bet) like a responsible centrist opposition leader, filling the vacuum left by Opposition leader Yitzchak Herzog whose only reactions to the recent wave of terror have been to blame Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and to claim that none of this would have happened if he had been Prime Minister.

Not even the anti-Netanyahu media have swallowed Lapid’s weak and divisive stance, and Lapid took the opportunity today to say that he backs the Prime Minister’s efforts to defeat terror.

Lapid, a former journalist, reads the political tea leaves better than Herzog and even Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman, who is huffing and puffing over polls that show his is one of the most trusted political leaders to deal with terrorism.

Seven months after the elections that gave Prime Minister Netanyahu only a one-seat majority in the coalition government, it is as strong as ever. Herzog’s refusal to join a national unity government, along with his pathetic demand that Netanyahu resign, have been met with the sound of one hand clapping.

Lieberman’s rants win him some headlines, but his rise in popularity will last as long as the wave of terror, which appears to be winding down even if it does not end.

Lapid understands better than anyone else outside the coalition that Israelis are more unfired than ever in their distrust of the Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas, whose blatant incitement and lies have left the left-wing camp look like a home for dwarfs.

The anti-Netanyahu media, which include the largest electronic outlets and the Yediot Acharonot newspaper, have dismissed Tzipi Livni as useless and are ignoring Herzog for the same reason.

The same media hate Lieberman even more than Netanyahu. The only one left is Lapid, and he milking it for all it’s worth in preparation for the next elections, which don’t appear on the horizon.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Three Opposition MKs Resign to Pursue More Exciting Careers

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

(JNi.media) On Wednesday, three Knesset members, one from Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beytenu party and two from Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid decided to abandon their political careers following their parties’ failure to join Prime Minister Netanyahu’s coalition government.

The most senior among the three is Rabbi Shai Piron, an Orthodox Jew who once was the dean of a yeshiva, and who served as Education Minister in the previous government, for a little over a year and a half. Piron traded his MK’s seat for a position in the Sderot school system, not far from the Gaza Strip border. Piron did tell reporters a few months ago that he is as ready to serve the nation from the opposition as he had done from the government, but, apparently, a few months of being kept away from an executive post cooled his enthusiasm.

The second, more surprising resignation, also hit the Lapid party, as MK Aliza Lavi, another Modern Orthodox Jew, departed Wednesday. Dr. Lavi, a renowned Orthodox feminist, used her position as chair of the Knesset committee to advance women’s status to push several laws to help women seeking a divorce, and to create shelters for battered women.

One of the Lapid seats will be filled by another Modern Orthodox Jew, Elazer Stern, who switched from Tzipi Livni’s party to Lapid’s, only to watch both factions ending up outside the government. Stern, who was raised in the National Religious movement, is not considered an avid advocate of the Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria.

MK Sharon Gal, who has been a vociferous promoter of the positions of his party boss, MK Lieberman, in attacking Arab MKs and Israel’s left. His biggest claim to fame during his short term in politics has been his membership in the committee to appoint judges, where he insisted that no non-Jewish candidate will ever receive his vote. Gal will host a personal show on Israel’s channel 20, which deals with Jewish issues.

Gal is the second dropout from Lieberman’s party, following Tsfat Mayor Ilan Shochat, who left as soon as he realized there won’t be an executive job for him.

Israeli media commentators have pointed to the fact that both parties, Lieberman’s and Lapid’s can only exist in conjunction with a membership in government, unlike Likud, Labor, and Meretz, which rely on substantial institutions and a historic following that sustain them during the dry seasons. It can be expected that, come next election, Lapid’s and Liberman’s electoral value will drop even further, as their access to patronage jobs and influence on special interest legislation have diminished considerably.

JNi.Media

Jews, Arabs Unite to Underline Co-existence in Gush Etzion

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Some 200 Arabs and Jews demonstrated together Sunday night at the Gush Etzion junction on Highway 60 in Judea.

The intersection is an important one for more than one reason: in addition to its position as the turnoff leading to most of the area’s Jewish communities in the region, it also leads to the Rami Levy Supermarket just a few hundred meters away.

If ever there was a perfect example of what an apartheid state is NOT, the Rami Levy store in Gush Etzion most certainly would be it.

Observant women from the Jewish and Muslim Arab communities both work and shop in the store, as do observant men from both worlds. There is a walkway around the building where Muslims often step outside to pray to Allah and there is a synagogue within the store where Jewish men gather for the required quorum of 10 (a minyan) three times a day when needed.

The synagogue also conveniently doubles as a bomb shelter when less friendly or socially advanced Arab neighbors from south of the border (read: Gaza or Sinai) send rockets flying in the direction of the store.

Most of the people who shop at Rami Levy – and those who live in the area – have managed to get along quite well. They have no interest in murdering each other, nor do they support the calls to “Days of Rage” or “Price Tag” attacks they hear from others.

In response to last week’s horrific firebombing attack on a small family in the Arab village of Duma near Shechem, Jewish and Arab organizers decided it was time to speak out.

Late Sunday afternoon, some 200 people answered the call to rally at the Gush Etzion junction to show their solidarity with the wounded family and others who have been the victims of terror over the past several weeks.

Among the speakers were Rav Yaakov Medan of Yeshiva Har Etzion, Rav Yoel Bin Nun, Rav Yaakov Nagen of Otniel, and Sheikh Ibrahim Abu Hawa.

Opposition faction member MK Yair Lapid, chairman of the Yesh Atid party also participated in the rally, according to one of the organizers.

Tensions in the region are high and those who speak out to condemn others in their communities – especially those in the Arab community – face a very high risk, regardless of whether they are condemning crimes or not.

It takes extraordinary courage for a Muslim leader, someone like Sheikh Ibrahim Abu Hawa, to step into the media spotlight and risk a sniper’s bullet to speak in favor of co-existence with Jews in Judea and Samaria. To speak of peace. To bless a crowd.

Many rabbis and many Jews speak of peace and speak against hate. Few Arabs have the courage to do so, in part because the price exacted from them by their own people is so much higher and more deadly.

This writer salutes an Arab leader who has gripped the courage of his convictions and stepped up to the podium to lead his people not only with words, but actions as well.

Perhaps it will be through this demonstration of true faith in the protection of Allah that Islam may someday symbolize peace between peoples for us, too.

Hana Levi Julian

Lapid: The UN has Lost Its Mind

Monday, June 15th, 2015

The United Nations is “obsessed” with criticizing Israel, and “always assumes the Jews are to blame,” Yesh Atid party head Yair Lapid has accused. His comments from a Yesh Atid party gathering were reported by the Hebrew-language site NRG.

The UN is expected to release a report in the upcoming days criticizing Israel over the 2014 Protective Edge operation in Gaza.

Lapid noted that the UN had chosen not to investigate the kidnapping and murder of three Jewish teens at the hands of Hamas immediately prior to the operation. “If that’s not hypocrisy, I don’t know what is,” he said.

Overall, the report “is yet another example that the UN has lost its mind,” Lapid declared. Instead of investigating Israel, he continued, the UN should investigate itself. “How did it lose its honesty, its moral standards, the basic values of fairness for which it was created?” he asked.

He noted that Israel took extensive measures to protect Gaza civilians, including giving advance warning of military operations to allow civilians to leave affected areas and setting up a field hospital near Gaza.

Operation Protective Edge was launched in response to the Hamas terrorist group’s use of tunnels from Gaza to Israel to attack Israeli communities, and to near-constant rocket attacks. During the operation Hamas repeatedly attacked IDF troops in Gaza, leading to heavy fighting at several points near the Gaza border.

Following the operation Hamas accused Israel of war crimes, and claimed that nearly all of the dead were civilians – a claim repeated in the international media, despite strong evidence that at least half of those killed were combatants.

Two recent reports on the conflict have found that Hamas committed war crimes against both Israel and the civilian population of Gaza, and that Israel went above and beyond the law in its attempts to prevent civilian casualties.

Jewish Press Staff Writer

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