Message from Yair Lapid – יאיר לפיד, in the wake of the constant rocket attacks on Israel:
We tend to feel, instinctively, that in any struggle or conflict the weaker side is also right. That is not the case here. The weaker side of this conflict fired 12,000 missiles on innocent civilians, using women and children as human shields, twisted Islam into a religion of bloodshed and horror, and at the very same time is cynically misusing western freedom of speech in order to portray itself in the media as the victim; The stronger side of this same conflict is a democracy that has been bleeding for years from unprovoked terror attacks , that has already vacated the Gaza strip more then 7 years ago, and that is supplying it’s enemy even now with electricity, medicine, water and humanitarian aid and is going out of its way – including jeopardizing it’s own soldiers – in an effort to save the lives of the very same Palestinian citizens the Hamas seems so eager to sacrifice in the name of Allah.
Biography of Yair Lapid
Lapid was born in Tel Aviv, and started his journalism career as a military correspondent for the IDF‘s weekly magazine, Ba-Mahane (“In the Camp”), and writing for the mainstream daily newspaper, Maariv. In 1988, he was appointed editor of the Tel Aviv local newspaper published by the Yedioth Ahronoth group. In 1991, he began writing a weekly column in a nationwide newspaper’s weekend supplement, at first for Maariv and later on for its competitor, Yedioth Ahronoth.
Lapid’s career then expanded to include broadcast journalism. In 1994, he began hosting the Friday evening main interview program on Israel TV’s Channel 1, and in that same year had an acting role in an Israeli film, “The Singing of The Siren.” He hosted a talk show on TV’s Channel 3, and since 1999 has hosted a talk show on Channel 2. He has published 7 books and wrote a drama series called “War Room” that was aired on Channel 2 in 2004.
As of January 2008 Lapid was the host of Ulpan Shishi, the Friday night news-magazine of Channel 2. In the same year his first play, The Right Age for Love went on-stage in the Cameri Theater.
Yesh Atid party formation
On 8 January 2012 Lapid announced that he would be leaving his journalism career 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 expectation in Israel for early elections to be held in the early fall of 2012.
A few days after Yesh Atid’s registration, in a surprise move, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu formed a national unity government. It was then thought that Lapid’s party would have to wait until late 2013 before it could participate in national elections. But in October, 2012, following the departure of Kadima from Netanyahu’s coalition over how to implement a Supreme Court decision ending the exemption from the military draft for the ultra-Orthodox, Netanyahu announced that elections would take place in late January, 2013, affording Yesh Atid its first opportunity to run since its formation. As of November 2012, Yesh Atid was polling an average of 11.6%, or 13-14 seats in Israel’s 120-seat Knesset.