Yesh Atid (Hebrew: יֵשׁ עָתִיד, lit. There is a Future)
is a political party founded by former journalist
Yair Lapid in 2012
that seeks to represent what it considers the centre of Israeli
society: the secular middle class. It focuses primarily on civic,
socioeconomic, and governance issues, including government reform
and ending military draft exemptions for the ultra-Orthodox.
Yesh Atid placed second in the general election, winning 19
seats in the 120-seat Knesset, far more than polls had predicted
it would win. It then entered into a coalition led by Benjamin
In the 2015 election, the party refused to back Netanyahu and joined
the opposition after suffering a significant setback, losing seats.
2 19th Knesset
3 20th Knesset
3.1 Run-up to the 2015 election
4 Party list for the 2013 election
5 Party list for the 2015 election
6.1 Other positions
7 Election results
8 See also
10 External links
In January 2012 TV anchor
Yair Lapid announced that he was leaving his
journalism career in order to enter politics.
In early 2010 speculation arose in the Israeli media concerning the
possibility that Israeli journalist and television figure Yair Lapid,
who at the time worked as a news anchor at Channel 2, would end his
career in journalism and begin a career in Israeli politics. Initially
Lapid dismissed these reports. The
legislation to lessen the influx of Israeli journalists running for a
position by prohibiting them as candidates in the first year after
they ended their journalist careers.
Despite widespread interest in Lapid, he declined to be interviewed.
He gained support through social networks, primarily his Facebook
page. Among his official announcements, Lapid said he would not join
Kadima or the Israeli Labor Party. In addition, Lapid announced that
he would work to change the system of government, have all Israelis
conscripted to serve time in the army, and would work to change the
Israeli matriculation programme. In early January
2012, Lapid officially announced that he would quit journalism in
order to enter politics, and that he would lead a new party.
In April 2012, the proposed new party was reported to be named "Atid".
Lapid said that the party would not have any members who were
legislators or Members of
Knesset (MKs). On 29 April, Lapid registered
his party as "Yesh Atid", after the name "Atid" was rejected.[citation
needed] On 1 May, the first party conference was held, in which Lapid
revealed the "Lapid Programme" ("תוכנית לפיד"): military
service for all Israelis. According to the party's rules, Lapid
would determine the candidates who would run for a seat in the
Knesset, as he would be the one to make the final decisions on
political issues and is guaranteed the chairman position of the party
during the term of the 19th
Knesset and the 20th Knesset.[citation
needed] The party was capped at raising 13.5 million shekels for the
2013 Israeli legislative election.
Lapid has said his party is different from his late father's Shinui,
in part because of its diversity and inclusion of religious
figures. Despite this, analysts have found them somewhat
In the election held on 22 January 2013,
Yesh Atid won the second-most
Knesset seats, with 19 seats. The party was particularly
strong in wealthy locales. Yesh Atid's success was viewed as the
largest surprise of the election, as pre-election polling gave the
party only 11 seats. He joined Netanyahu's governing coalition.
Although he focused mostly on domestic and economic concerns of social
justice, he had criticized Netanyahu's foreign policy and said he
would not sit in a government that is not serious about pursuing
Lapid endorsed Netanyahu for prime minister after the election and on
15 March 2013 the party signed a coalition agreement with the ruling
Almost one year after the election, a survey was published showing a
continuing trend of decreasing popularity of the party, which would
only achieve 10 seats in the
Knesset as opposed to the 19 party
members who were elected, if elections were held at that time, and
with 75% of those polled claiming to be disappointed by Lapid's
performance. The finance ministry post came with budgetary
handcuffs (cutting spending, raising taxes, and confronting the money
demands of the defense ministry) that affected Lapid's popularity.
Run-up to the 2015 election
Before elections in 2015, Lapid separately courted both Tzipi Livni
Moshe Kahlon (Kulanu) in an effort to form electoral
alliances with their respective parties. Both efforts were
unsuccessful: Livni formed an alliance with Labor and Kahlon preferred
to run alone. On 8 February 2015,
Yesh Atid MK
Shai Piron said
the party would prefer a coalition led by
Isaac Herzog and Livni than
one by Netanyahu.
Lapid's criticism while campaigning was mostly of Netanyahu and his
Likud party. His campaign continued to emphasize the economy
over national security, although he has somewhat departed from his
previous almost-exclusive focus on domestic policy and become more
vocal, and left leaning, on the peace process. The party focused
on middle-class needs and in this respect was very similar to Kahlon's
Kulanu party. However, Lapid's main electoral base is the
European-oriented upper-middle class, whereas Kahlon targeted
the lower-middle class. While both
Yesh Atid and
positioned as centrist parties,
Yesh Atid is almost universally
considered to be aligned with the left-leaning political
bloc, and Kulanu, sometimes considered
right-leaning, is a "swing" party not aligned with any
Yesh Atid won 11 seats in the 20th Knesset, making it the
fourth-largest faction. However, it increased in popularity throughout
2017 and the first months of 2018, rivalling
Likud as the biggest
party in opinion polls. After the Haredim received favorable draft
concessions in a negotiated deal among the government coalition, Yair
Lapid, denounced the arrangements as an 'insult to the IDF' and a
Party list for the 2013 election
1. Yair Lapid
2. Shai Piron
3. Yael German
4. Meir Cohen
5. Yaakov Peri
6. Ofer Shelah
7. Aliza Lavie
8. Yoel Razvozov
9. Adi Koll
10. Karin Elharar
11. Mickey Levy
12. Shimon Solomon
13. Ruth Calderon
14. Pnina Tamano-Shata
15. Rina Frenkel
16. Yifat Kariv
17. Dov Lipman
18. Boaz Toporovsky
19. Ronen Hoffman
20. Tal El-Al
Party list for the 2015 election
The following is the candidate list for the 2015 election.
1. Yair Lapid
2. Shai Piron
3. Yael German
4. Meir Cohen
5. Yaakov Peri
6. Ofer Shelach
7. Haim Yellin
8. Karin Elharar
9. Yoel Razvozov
10. Aliza Lavie
11. Mickey Levy
12. Elazar Stern
13. Pnina Tamano-Shata
Boaz Toporovsky (
Dov Lipman was initially listed as "not final"
for this spot)
15. Ruth Calderon
16. Yifat Kariv
17. Dov Lipman
18. Ronen Hoffman
19. Zehorit Sorek
In the application submitted to the party registrar, Lapid listed the
party's eight goals. According to this statement, these
Changing the priorities in Israel, with an emphasis on civil
life – education, housing, health, transport and policing, as
well as improving the condition of the middle class.
Changing the system of government.
Equality in education and the draft—all Israeli school students must
be taught essential classes, all Israelis will be drafted into the
Army, and all Israeli citizens will be encouraged to seek work,
including the ultra-Orthodox sector and the Arab sector.
Fighting political corruption, including corruption in government in
the form of institutions like "Minister without portfolio", opting for
a government of 18 ministers at most, fortifying the rule of law and
protecting the status of the High Court of Justice.
Growth and economic efficiency—creating growth engines as a way of
fighting poverty, combating red tape, removing barriers, improving the
transportation system, reducing the cost of living and housing costs,
and improving social mobility through assistance to small businesses.
Legislation of Education Law in cooperation with teachers' unions,
eliminating most of the matriculation exams, raising the differential
education index and increasing school autonomy.
Enact a constitution to regulate tense relations between population
groups in Israel.
Striving for peace according to an outline of "two states for two
peoples", while maintaining the large Israeli settlement blocs and
ensuring the safety of Israel.
Yesh Atid is also in favor of
Creating greater religious pluralism, diversity and equality between
Jews and all movements of
Israel by instituting public
funding by the state for the non-Orthodox movements within Judaism,
such as the Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and Humanistic
movements, similar to the public funding of the Orthodox Chief
Rabbinate by the state
Allowing non-Orthodox movements to perform religious conversions and
weddings, and have their conversions and weddings accepted as
legitimate by the state
Allowing egalitarian prayer between men and women, and all Orthodox
and non-Orthodox Jewish religious movements, at the Western
Instituting civil marriage in Israel, including between same-sex
Partial operation of public transportation on Saturdays
Renewing peace negotiations with the Palestinians and halting
construction in Israeli settlements
# of overall votes
% of overall vote
# of overall seats
19 / 120
11 / 120
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