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 center 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 Netanyahu
In the 2015 election , the party refused to back Netanyahu and joined
the opposition after suffering a significant setback in the polls.
* 1 History
* 2 19th
* 3 20th
* 3.1 Run-up to the 2015 election
* 3.2 Aftermath
* 4 Party list for the 2013 election
* 5 Party list for the 2015 election
* 6 Platform
* 6.1 Other positions
* 7 Election results
* 8 See also
* 9 References
* 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
Knesset initiated 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. 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. 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
in part because of its diversity and inclusion of religious figures.
Despite this, analysts have found them somewhat similar.
In the election held on 22 January 2013,
Yesh Atid won the
second-most number of
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 peace.
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
Hatnuah ) and
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
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, while Kahlon targeted the
lower-middle class. Both
Yesh Atid and
Kulanu are considered
centrist parties, though
Yesh Atid is sometimes considered left
leaning , and Kulanu, a "swing" party not aligned with any bloc, is
sometimes considered right leaning.
Yesh Atid won 11 seats in the 20th Knesset, making it the
PARTY LIST FOR THE 2013 ELECTION
4. Meir Cohen
20. Tal El-Al
PARTY LIST FOR THE 2015 ELECTION
The following is the candidate list for the 2015 election.
4. Meir Cohen
Boaz Toporovsky (
Dov Lipman was initially listed as "not final"
for this spot)
19. Zehorit Sorek
In the application submitted to the party registrar, Lapid listed the
party's eight goals. According to this statement, these include:
* 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
* 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
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
# OF OVERALL VOTES
% OF OVERALL VOTE
# of overall seats
19 / 120
11 / 120
Elections in Israel
Elections in Israel
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