YAIR LAPID (Hebrew : יאיר לפיד, born 5 November 1963)
is an Israeli politician, former Finance Minister and former
journalist who is the Chairman of the
Yesh Atid Party. He served as
the Israeli Minister of Finance between 2013 and 2014. Prior to his
entry into politics in 2012, he was a journalist, author, TV presenter
and news anchor . The centrist
Yesh Atid Party, which he founded,
became the second largest party in the
In March 2013, following his coalition agreement with Likud , Lapid was appointed as the Israeli Minister of Finance . In May 2013, Lapid ranked first on the list of the "Most Influential Jews in the World" by The Jerusalem Post.
* 1 Biography
* 1.1 Education
* 2 Journalism and media career
* 3 Political career
* 3.1 Views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict * 3.2 Haredim
* 4 Published works * 5 Honors * 6 References * 7 External links
Yair Lapid, born in
He is married to journalist Lihi Lapid and lives in the Tel Aviv neighborhood of Ramat Aviv . He and his wife have two children and he has another son Yoav (born 1987) from his first marriege.
As a teenager, Lapid struggled with learning disabilities , and
dropped out of high school. He never earned a bagrut (high school
matriculation certificate). In January 2012, controversy arose after
Lapid was admitted by
JOURNALISM AND MEDIA CAREER
Lapid started his journalism career while in the Army, as a military correspondent for the IDF 's weekly magazine, Bamahane ("In the Camp"). He also wrote for the mainstream daily Maariv .
In 1988 at the age of 25, he was appointed editor of Yedioth Tel Aviv
, a local newspaper published by the
In 1994, Lapid started on TV, hosting the leading Friday evening talk
From 1989 to 2010, Lapid wrote and published several books, spanning a variety of genres: his first was a thriller, of which he has published three more; other writing includes two children's books, two novels, and a collection of his newspaper columns. In addition, he wrote a drama series, War Room, which was aired on Channel 2 in 2004.
His journalism work and TV hosting gave him widespread recognition, and he has commanded respect.
In January 2008, Lapid was the host of Ulpan Shishi (Friday Studio), the Friday night news-magazine of Channel 2. That year, his first play, The Right Age for Love, was performed by the Cameri Theater .
Lapid has amassed wealth in his career. In September 2013, the Israeli edition of Forbes magazine estimated his net worth at 22 million shekels .
On 8 January 2012 Lapid announced that he would be leaving journalism
in order to enter politics. On 30 April 2012 Lapid formally
registered his party, "
Yesh Atid " (Hebrew : יש עתיד, lit.
"There's a Future"). The move was aimed to coincide with the general
A few days after Yesh Atid's registration, in a surprise move,
Israeli prime minister
Lapid was named Israel's finance minister on 15 March 2013. Only
nine months later, a survey was published showing a continuing trend
of decreasing popularity with 75% of those polled claiming to be
disappointed by his performance and his party would only achieve 10
seats in the
On 2 December 2014, Lapid was fired from his post as finance minister
by Prime Minister
VIEWS ON THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT
Lapid said that he would demand a resumption of negotiations between
Regarding the diplomatic stalemate in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Lapid said that "Most of the blame belongs to the Palestinian side, and I am not sure that they as a people are ready to make peace with us." He has, however, dismissed as unrealistic the possibility of a comprehensive peace deal with the Palestinians.
In June 2015, after the March 2015 elections,
In September 2015
During election campaign , Lapid spoke of "equal share of the burden" for all Israeli citizens. He said he would work to see all Israeli citizens, including the thousands of haredim , who had up until that point been exempt from most civil service, be included in military and civil service. On May 27, 2013, Lapid threatened to topple the government unless ultra-Orthodox would be subject to criminal sanctions for draft-dodging. In the view of some Haredim, Lapid's plan represents a "spiritual holocaust" as they believe that their Jewish studies are what upholds Israel. Some Haredim have declared that even at the risk of being called criminals they will continue in their Jewish studies and refuse to enlist or perform civilian service. Lapid denies that he is seeking to destroy the Haredi way of life, and stated "Not one of us wishes, heaven forbid, to force hiloniyut (secularism) on you or to impose our version of Israeli identity. This state was established so that Jews could be Jews, and live as Jews, without having to fear anyone."
* The Double Head: thriller (1989) * Yoav's Shadow: children's book (1992) * One-Man Play: novel (1993) * Elbi – A Knight's Story: children's book (1998) * The Sixth Riddle: thriller (2001) * Standing in a Row: collection of newspaper columns (2005) * The Second Woman: thriller (2006) * Sunset in Moscow: thriller (2007) * Memories After My Death: Biography (2010)
In May 2013, Lapid ranked first on the list of the "Most Influential Jews in the World" by The Jerusalem Post.
* ^ A B JERUSALEM POST STAFF (May 4, 2013). "Top 50 most
influential Jews 2013: Places 1-10". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 5
* ^ Gradstein, Linda (2012-01-17). "In entering Israeli politics,