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  • Zoabi to be finally booted from Knesset?

    07/04/2016 9:06:21 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/7/16 | Shai Landesman
    Is Joint List MK Hanin Zoabi on her way out of the Knesset? Coalition Chairman David Bitan (Likud) revealed this afternoon (Monday) that a Prime Minister backed initiative is being promoted to pass legislation that will facilitate the expulsion of Zoabi from the Knesset. The Chairman explained that Likud leaders wish to enlist as broad a base of support as possible for the initiative, rather than push it through the Knesset against strong opposition. Bitan said that most of the Jewish parties have already pledged support, including opposition party Yesh Atid. He expressed hope that the support of the Zionist...
  • Lapid: I'm working very hard to be the next Prime Minister

    05/16/2016 12:28:36 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/5/16 | Ido Ben Porat
    Yesh Atid party chairman Yair Lapid promised to "work very hard" to be the "next Prime Minister" Monday, at the annual Anti-Defamation League convention in Washington, D.C. "This is the time for Israel to move forward, and we [will] offer the public a detailed plan which will propel Israel back on the right track," Lapid promised during an on-stage interview during the event. Lapid added that Israel currently faces a number of challenges - both internal and external. "We have to have leadership which knows how to deal with these challenges," he said. The former Finance Minister noted that Prime...
  • Lapid: We can't absorb 3.5 million Palestinians

    12/05/2015 4:15:50 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/12/15 | Ido Ben Porat
    Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid took part in the Saban Forum in Washington, during a discussion under the title "How to restore order to the Middle East." MK Lapid presented his political plan for the region and called for US policymakers to adopt it. "About two months ago I presented Israelis with a plan to separate from the Palestinians. This is not a pretty separation." He continued: "It's difficult, not aesthetic. It's goal is limited: To set a regional council, with Western countries and the US at its head, that will start the process towards a regional arrangement that will...
  • WILL SCHUMER FOLLOW OBAMA ON IRAN DEAL?

    07/22/2015 4:28:21 AM PDT · by SJackson · 23 replies
    Frontpagemagazine.com ^ | July 22, 2015 | Ari Lieberman
    How the senator from New York could change the game in Congress if he has the guts. In April 2010, following a series of deliberate slights and insults by the Obama administration directed at Israel and its prime minister, including a threat by the State Department that the depth of the US-Israel alliance would depend on the progress of peace talks, Senator Chuck Schumer, the Senate’s ranking Democrat and Obama ally placed a call to the White House. The senator had had just about enough. He informed White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in no uncertain terms that the...
  • Right Still Fears Netanyahu Will Form Unity Government [Israel Elections]

    03/23/2015 7:29:12 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Monday, March 33, 2015 | Natanel Katz, Cynthia Blank
    Despite winning the majority of incoming MKs' support to form the next government, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu continues to face suspicions he will abandon them for the Left. Likud, Jewish Home, Shas, United Torah Judaism, Kulanu, and Yisrael Beytenu all recommended Netanyahu for the task - giving him a total of 67 MKs in his possible coalition. Still, MK Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) fears Netanyahu may take the President's mandate and instead of forming a narrow right-wing government, create a broad unity government. "We are opposed to a unity government. The nation made a definite choice," Shaked said during an...
  • Poll: Labor Inches Past Likud, Jewish Home Stuck at 11

    02/16/2015 4:32:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    inn ^ | 2//15/15 | Cynthia Blank
    With four weeks until elections for the 20th Knesset, Likud and Labor-Hatnua appear to be neck and neck. According to a survey conducted by the Midgam Institute for Channel Two, Labor, running under the moniker the "Zionist Camp" just barely inches by Likud with 25 seats. Likud is one behind with 24 mandates. It has been noted that even if Likud comes in behind, the party with the greatest chance of forming a coalition is given first crack, meaning the outcome of the close competition remains up in the air. The joint Arab list comes in as the third largest...
  • Lapid: Everything Netanyahu warned us about will happen because of him (left attacks get desperate)

    02/16/2015 9:58:02 AM PST · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | 02.16.15, 16:24 | Gilad Morag
    Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid criticized the achievements of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's administration on Monday. "Everything Netanyahu warned us about will eventually happen because of him. A responsible prime minister does not gamble with our national security. The former political ally said Netanyahu "invested billions of shekels in unnecessary preparations. Without the Iranian affair he would have gone home a long time ago; even his own faction members admit he is a humiliating failure."
  • Poll Puts Labor Squarely over Likud, Yisrael Beytenu Collapses

    01/15/2015 3:19:32 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/1/15
    Poll fever continues ahead of March 17 elections, and while results have shown Likud and Labor neck and neck, the latest survey by Channel 10 gives Labor a full four mandate gap over Likud. According to the poll, conducted by the Dialog Institute under the supervision of Prof. Camil Fuchs, Labor - which erased the word "Zionism" from its Arabic ad campaign - would get 24 mandates, while Likud would only receive 20. Coming in at third Jewish Home stays at 16 seats, followed by a joint Arab list that would receive 12 mandates. Such a joint list - formed...
  • Poll Shows Lapid Nosedive, Kahlon Surprise

    12/02/2014 2:44:48 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/12/14 | Shlomo Pyotrovski & Ari Yashar
    After Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu fired ministers Yair Lapid and Tzipi Livni on Tuesday paving the way for snap elections, a Channel 2 poll has shown what results can possibly be expected from the upcoming voting session. According to the poll, Likud would remain the largest party if elections were held today, gaining 22 mandates. Jewish Home would strengthen to 17 mandates. The third largest party would be Labor, at 13 seats. Yisrael Beytenu would gain ten seats, and the as yet unnamed new party of former Likud minister Moshe Kahlon would likewise gain ten, becoming the surprise of the...
  • Lapid: Israel-US relations in 'crisis'

    10/25/2014 2:33:32 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 37 replies
    ynetnews.com ^ | 10/25/14 | Moran Azulay
    Lapid: Israel-US relations in 'crisis' After Ynet learns White House officials prevented defense minister from meeting Kerry and Biden, Lapid says 'We need to act with more respect. We must remember that US funds and technology helped Gaza operation.' "There is a crisis with the Americans and it needs to be addressed as a crisis," Finance Minister Yair Lapid said Saturday after ongoing tensions between Washington and Jerusalem led US officials to block Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon from meeting with senior administration officials during his current US visit.
  • Panicked Livni, Lapid Lash Out at Bennett Amid Jewish Home Rise

    09/11/2014 4:55:27 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/9/14 | Moshe Cohen
    As polls show strong support for Jewish Home among the electorate – and rapidly slipping support among voters for her Hatnua party – Justice Minister Tzippy Livni said Thursday that as far as she was concerned, the party headed by Nafatali Bennett had no place in the coalition. “Jewish Home is a party based on deep ideological and religious ideas which will never allow Israel to sign a peace treaty with the Palestinians,” Livni said. “They have no place in the government.” ..... A new poll released Monday shows that if elections were held today, Jewish Home would get 19...
  • Lapid Urges Caution in Negotiations, Calls PA 'Unreliable'

    01/15/2014 2:34:12 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/1/14 | Tova Dvorin
    Finance Minister Yair Lapid reiterated Wednesday night the Yesh Atid party's position regarding the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). "The left wants peace at any price and the right is not willing to pay any price for peace," Lapid stated, claiming that, in contrast, Yesh Atid forms the political "center." "We do not deal at all with peace, unless it will be to 'say goodbye' [literally 'to separate in peace']," he added, a reference to his previously-stated opinion that the best outcome for Israel would be a "fair divorce" from the PA. He said the goal is...
  • (Israel Finance Minister) Lapid: The Right must understand there will be two states

    01/11/2014 7:19:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 01.10.14, 18:57 | Attila Somfalvi
    “In every aspect, it seems the world is losing its patience for us,” Finance Minister Yair Lapid told Ynet on Friday, following reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued tenders for 1,400 new settlement homes. […] Lapid said he believed the world’s impatience with Israel is manifested in many aspects. “In the case of Horizon 2020, we’ve managed to prevent the damage, and then we were suddenly faced with the ASA boycott. We couldn’t generate any effect around the Iranian deal, because we weren’t loud enough, and that is due to the fact that our status is not as it...
  • Lapid: Israel's demand that Palestinians recognize Israel as Jewish state is rubbish

    01/01/2014 3:17:21 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    An op-ed published in the New York Times on Tuesday by Roger Cohen, titled "My Jewish State" has shed light on comments Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid made during a sit down with the columnist in August 2013. During their chat last summer, Lapid reiterated his lack of interest in Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. Lapid reportedly told Cohen “the fact that we demand from Palestinians a declaration that they recognize Israel as a Jewish state, I just think this is rubbish. I don’t need that. The whole point of Israel was we came here saying we...
  • Jewish Home Unfazed by Lapid's Threat

    12/08/2013 12:45:10 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/12/13 | Gil Ronen
    The Jewish Home party responded coolly Sunday to a thinly veiled threat by Finance Minister Yair Lapid, the head of the Yesh Atid party, to remove the Jewish Home from the Coalition and replace it with another party if negotiations with the Palestinian Authority (PA) make progress. "The person who assembles the Coalition is the prime minister," said Jewish Home MK Ayelet Shaked, "and he will decide who will be in the Coalition." When she was asked by Channel 2's reporter about the negotiations with the PA, Shaked replied, "As we have already said in the past, as long as...
  • Lapid: EU Ban Will Promote Terrorism, Not Peace (Israel ‘settlements’)

    07/19/2013 2:47:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 7/20/2013, 12:10 AM | Elad Benari
    The European Union’s new ban on areas located beyond the 1949 Armistice Lines will do nothing to advance peace talks, Finance Minister Yair Lapid wrote on Friday. In fact, said Lapid in an op-ed which appeared in the New York Times, the ban will simply encourage terrorist groups. “As the American secretary of state, John Kerry, leads new efforts to reinvigorate peace talks among Israelis and Palestinians, one of the obstacles—if not the main one—is the presence of extremist Palestinians and their supporters,” he wrote. … According to Lapid, “The world shouldn’t make things easier for extremists. It’s challenging enough...
  • Lapid: Terrorists Don't Distinguish Between Jews

    05/29/2013 9:35:27 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 4 replies
    Minister of Finance Yair Lapid today sent a conciliatory message to the haredim (ultra-orthodox), whom he called "brother", telling them that the equal sharing of the burden law would benefit them and give them a sense of participation and dignity in Israel. Earlier today, the Perry Committee on drafting haredim approved its recommendations, including criminal penalties for haredi draft dodgers. "In recent years, this committee has brought down coalitions and ended careers," said Lapid about the Perry Committee. "The fact that we have resulted in that, in three years, 70% will be drafted is a badge of honor for the...
  • Lapid to NYT: Settlers will likely be uprooted (Israel finance minister)

    05/20/2013 8:46:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth News ^ | 05.20.13, 10:50 | (Ynet)
    In an outdoor café, wearing jeans and his trademark black T-shirt, Finance Minister Yair Lapid gave his first interview to foreign press since taking office. “Lapid has embarked on a media blitz, deploying his telegenic good looks and sound-bite savvy,” the newspaper observed. In the interview, Lapid acknowledged that thousands of settlers would someday be uprooted, something he called “heartbreaking.” The interview itself revolved mainly around the stalemated negotiations with the Palestinians, but also on the future aspirations of the Yesh Atid chairman. Lapid told the NYT that he is still hoping to succeed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but clarified:...
  • Benjamin Netanyahu Overplayed Hand in Talks With Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett

    02/27/2013 6:14:58 AM PST · by haffast · 3 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | February 27, 2013, issue of March 08, 2013 | Geoffrey Levin
    It could have been easy. January 22 was not a good day for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but it could have been far worse. The 2013 parliamentary elections meant that for the first time in his long political career, he would be leading the largest in the Knesset. Though his joint Likud-Beitenu list won only 31 seats — around 23% of the vote — Israel’s center-left was fractured and it always appeared certain that Bibi would keep his job. After all, despite his party’s underwhelming performance, there appeared to be two options for coalitions he could easily form. The...
  • Lapid: Israel Owes Its Citizens an Apology

    12/20/2014 3:51:27 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/12/14 | Orly Harari
    Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid has reached out to Israel's youngest voting population Saturday night, holding a question-and-answer session with 200 members of Yesh Atid at Tel Aviv's Tailor Made club in a pre-election appearance. Lapid was joined by MKs Yaakov Perry, Mickey Levi, Ronen Hoffman, Aliza Lavie, Pnina Tamano-Shata, and Boaz Toporovsky. "Israel owes you an apology," Lapid stated in opening remarks, "because for 20 years it hasn't been working for you." "You are the ones who are here today, you decide to take your destiny in your hands and lead the change," he added. "Yesh Atid came to...
  • What Israeli Elections Mean for Obama

    12/08/2014 6:46:35 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 8, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    While in most countries immigration moves the electorate to the left, in Israel immigration moved the country to the right. In the United States the left is counting on demographics to make it easier for them to win elections, but in Israel demographic shifts have made it easier for the right to win. But the biggest problem for the Israeli left is that it’s tethered to its own version of ObamaCare in the form of the Palestinian Authority which won’t make peace, won’t stop funding terrorism and won’t stop playing the victim. As with ObamaCare, the Israeli left teeters between...
  • Danon: We Must Return to the Likud Way (Netanyahu's primary challenger)

    12/03/2014 10:58:37 AM PST · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/3/2014, 12:15 AM | Benny Toker and Elad Benari
    MK Danny Danon, who heads the Likud Central Committee, on Tuesday evening said that elections could have been prevented, and said he hoped the Likud will learn the lesson from the coalition collapse. "The makeup of the coalition undermined the governance, the mistake was that instead of forming a government with Bennett and the hareidi parties, [Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu] first of all added Tzipi Livni. That was a mistake, and we saw that Livni and Lapid did nothing but mess things up,” Danon told Arutz Sheva, hours after Netanyahu fired Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) and Justice Minister...
  • Lapid Attacks Bibi: You Are Detached, You Live in an Aquarium (says former news anchor)

    12/03/2014 11:09:28 AM PST · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/3/2014, 8:41 PM | Hezki Ezra
    Noting the "personal attack" directed towards him by Netanyahu - who accused Lapid and Livni of leading a "putsch" from within the coalition - Lapid insisted on issuing a response of his own. "Yesterday you stood in front of the entire nation and announced that you were dragged the State of Israel into unnecessary elections that no one but you wanted, because you are detached. You live in your own aquarium," Lapid fired. Lapid further accused the PM of preferring "to paralyze the economy" via snap elections, rather than to come to an agreement with him over the budget, and...
  • Knesset votes to dissolve; new elections called for March 17 (Likud primary January 6th)

    12/03/2014 10:43:52 AM PST · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 3, 2014, 10:54 am
    Eighty-four MKs support measure, which also passes first reading; Livni lashes ‘hysterical’ Netanyahu; Arab party leaders say they’ll unite Knesset members voted overwhelmingly in favor of dissolving the current Knesset in a preliminary vote on Wednesday. Eighty-four MKs supported the measure, none opposed it, and one Knesset member abstained. A first reading of the bill later Wednesday was also approved, with all 22 Knesset members present voting in favor. The move will be finalized on Monday with second and third readings. Knesset faction leaders agreed on March 17, 2015, as the date for new elections, in a meeting with Knesset...
  • What's Next For Politics In Israel As Government Falls?

    12/03/2014 6:20:17 AM PST · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/03/2014 | Kevin Connolly
    None of this is a shock in the world of Israeli politics - the current coalition government is the 33rd to be created in the 66 years since the foundation of the state. You do not need the powerful graphics computer of an election night TV programme to tell you that two years is around the average life of a coalition arrangement. At least one poll has suggested that most Israelis are not convinced that it was really necessary to dissolve Parliament and the influential newspaper Haaretz has described the coming elections as superfluous. (snip) One unpredictable factor is the...
  • Livni: New elections are to replace extremist, provocative, paranoid government

    12/02/2014 9:15:28 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/2/2014 | Yonah Jeremy Bob
    Justice Minister Tzipi Livni on Tuesday let loose at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying the impending elections will "not be over zero value added tax," but over replacing a government she accused of "extremism, provocativeness and paranoia" without knowing how to fight terror while also "upholding freedom and Zionism."
  • Bibi Accuses Lapid, Livni of Leading a 'Putsch'; Calls Elections

    12/02/2014 1:35:05 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/12/14 | Ari Yashar & Ari Sofer
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the nation on Tuesday night shortly after 8 p.m., less than two hours after firing coalition members Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnua), effectively disbanding the government. "I turn to you tonight because in the current situation, in the current government, it is impossible to lead the nation," said Netanyahu, saying the impasse is preventing him from fulfilling his role as prime minister. While Netanyahu called it "one of the best governments, one of the most stable governments in the history of Israel," adding it was "a true unity...
  • Netanyahu Accuses Lapid and Livni of Leading a 'Putsch' (calls for new elections)

    12/02/2014 11:11:14 AM PST · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/2/2014, 8:32 PM | Ari Yashar and Ari Soffer
    PM says he took a 'personal risk' firing Lapid and Livni, but said they had made it impossible to govern; calls for snap elections. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the nation on Tuesday night shortly after 8 p.m., less than two hours after firing coalition members Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnua), effectively disbanding the government. "I turn to you tonight because in the current situation, in the current government, it is impossible to lead the nation," said Netanyahu, saying the impasse is preventing him from fulfilling his role as prime minister. While Netanyahu...
  • Lapid Says Elections Are a 'Very Bad Idea'

    11/16/2014 9:46:34 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/11/14 | Ido Ben Porat & Elad Benari
    Finance Minister Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party, sought to calm tensions on Sunday, amid reports that the tensions in the coalition are great and that elections are imminent. "I never threatened to leave the government, so this threat is not serious," Lapid told Channel 10 News, adding, “People with interests, members of central committees of parties” are stirring up trouble and trying to block the state budget from passing in the Knesset. "We submitted to the government a budget, perhaps the most social budget we’ve had here in years,” he continued. “Additional budgets to health, education, welfare,...
  • Top Lapid Confidante Warns of Early Elections Over Budget Crisis

    09/13/2014 3:43:22 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/9/14 | Benny Moshe
    MK Ofer Shelah (Yesh Atid) on Saturday said that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's handling of the new budget proposed by Finance Minister Yair Lapid could cause the government coalition to collapse. "Netanyahu is turning the issue of the budget into a showdown with the Finance Minister, which may lead to new elections in the near future," Shelah, who is a close confidante of Lapid said at the weekly "Shabbatarbut" event in Tel Aviv. The PM has been at loggerheads with Lapid over the new budget proposals, causing political gridlock; last Wednesday's budget meeting was pushed off to this coming Sunday...
  • Lapid Slams Annexation Plan, Calls for Resumption of Talks

    06/08/2014 3:44:10 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/6/14 | Elad Benari
    Finance Minister Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party, on Sunday threatened that he would topple the government if it annexes any areas of Judea and Samaria. Speaking at the Herzliya Conference, Lapid said that Israel should “prepare maps” for the next round of peace talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA). An agreement with the PA...would prevent Israel from being "internationally isolated", will increase personal safety, will help the economy "and above all - will remove from above our heads the threat of becoming a bi-national state, the only meaning of which is the end of Israel’s existence as...
  • Yesh Atid MK: Peace Talks with Hamas or No Coalition

    06/08/2014 2:38:19 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/6/14 | Ari Yashar
    Welfare Minister Meir Cohen (Yesh Atid) announced on Saturday that his party would be leaving the coalition government if it does not negotiate with the Hamas-Fatah unity government, regardless of the fact that Hamas is a terrorist group. "I believe that the peace talks will be renewed. It's clear to me that will happen, and if not, we won't be in the government," said Cohen on the Channel 10 program "Hamateh" (the headquarters), as reported by Walla!. .....
  • Yesh Atid Minister Kills 'Life Sentence for Terrorists' Bill

    05/12/2014 3:39:44 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/5/14 | Ido ben Porat and Elad Benari
    Science and Technology Minister Yaakov Perry (Yesh Atid) is trying to shelve the law that was approved Sunday by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation and that would enforce life sentences for terrorist prisoners. On Monday evening, Perry filed an appeal against the law, essentially burying it before it can be brought to the Cabinet for approval. The law would amend one of the Basic Laws of Israel, which allows the President to pardon criminals, by stating certain conditions that would prevent the pardon of any convicted terrorist. The amendment seeks to allow the judges of the court, at the time...
  • Education Ministry Lets Teachers Peddle Politics

    01/23/2014 1:51:41 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/1/14 | Ari Yashar
    The Ministry of Education will reportedly allow teachers to express their political opinions in the classroom, as part of the "Israel moves up a grade" program being pushed forward by Education Minister Shai Piron (Yesh Atid). Under the new guidelines teachers will be given a freer hand in their class of impressionable young students, and will be able to determine the topics of their instruction in 25% of the hours of their annual educational curriculum, reports Channel 2. The new move, which allows teachers to hold discussions in class on political topics and express their opinions, follows closely on the...
  • Peri: Evict 25% of Judea, Samaria Jews From Their Homes

    12/28/2013 4:23:13 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 30 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/12/13 | Tova Dvorin
    Science and Technology Minister Yaakov Peri (Yesh Atid) stated at an event for the Israel advocacy organization StandWithUs that an interim deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority would see at least 25% of Judea and Samaria residents evicted from their homes. "No other country wants to be a national home for the Palestinians," Peri stated. "Israel understands that the lot would fall on the 'settlement blocs.' The deal would see 15-25% of Judea and Samaria evicted - but it's a reasonable compromise," he claimed. .....
  • 'Feminist' MK Tough on Sex Crimes, but Only by Jews

    12/22/2013 6:31:13 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/12/13 | Gil Ronen
    Feminist Knesset Member Yifat Kariv (Yesh Atid) showed this week that she is extremely tough on sex offenses, but apparently on the condition that they are not perpetrated by Arabs against Jews. ..... MK Kariv said that she has submitted a bill calling for severe punishment of people who upload sexual photos and videos to the internet, with the intent of shaming women and girls who appear in the photos. She said that the police must beef up their cyber-crime units in order to prevent such sexual content from being viewed by children. "My goal is to put an end...
  • Steinitz: Lapid is Like Mandela's Sign Language Interpreter

    12/21/2013 10:18:07 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/12/13 | Elad Benari
    Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz (Likud Beytenu) had harsh words for Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) on Saturday night. Speaking on Channel 2’s “Meet the Press”, Steinitz, who served as Finance Minister before Lapid, said that his successor misled the public and created unnecessary panic about the state of the Israeli economy. Steinitz claimed that the deficit, which is expected to be released in January, will stand at about 3%, in contrast to Lapid’s earlier predictions. "By doing this, he caused severe damage,” he charged. “No top official in the Treasury or in the Bank of Israel ever told...
  • Yesh Atid Political Appointment Scam Alleged

    12/16/2013 10:23:43 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/12/13 | Gil Ronen
    A conservative women's group says that Yesh Atid leader, Finance Minister Yair Lapid, is helping the extreme Left appoint hundreds of its supporters to key positions, and masking the ploy as “affirmative action” for women and Arabs. Kati Cohen, who heads Women for Israel (NELI), addressed an urgent letter to several key Knesset Members from Likud-Beytenu and the Jewish Home (Bayit Yehudi), in which she explained how the scam allegedly works. Cohen notes that the Finance Ministry recently published a message to the general public, inviting people to take part in a tender for the appointment of 500 directors to...
  • After days of haggling, PM strikes coalition deal

    03/14/2013 6:43:54 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 12 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/13/2013 | LAHAV HARKOV
    Likud Beytenu, the Bayit Yehudi and Yesh Atid reached the final stages of coalition talks Wednesday night, with Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett negotiating to break the impasse between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid. After days of arguing over the Education and Interior portfolios, the number of ministries in the government, the Knesset Finance Committee, and changing Hatnua's coalition deal, the parties reached an apparent compromise brokered by Bennett on Monday evening, meeting late at night to iron out the final details. Shai Piron of Yesh Atid will be Education Minister, while the Likud's Gideon...
  • Piron Confirms Likud Argued Against Habayit Hayehudi

    03/03/2013 2:43:27 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/3/13
    Rabbi and Member of Knesset Shai Piron (Yesh Atid) confirmed, Sunday, that the Likud party told representatives of Yesh Atid, last week, that their party should enter the government without Habayit Hayehudi because Habayit Hayehudi will work to prevent the uprooting of Jewish communities in Judea and Samarai (Shomron) sought by Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid. .....
  • MK Shaked: Alliance with Lapid Rock Solid

    03/02/2013 3:30:04 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/3/13 | Gil Ronen
    MK Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) said Saturday that the alliance between her party and Yesh Atid is rock solid. "The situation at this moment is that we are going into a government with Yesh Atid," MK Shaked told Channel 10. She added that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had missed the boat for getting Bayit Yehudi to join his coalition independently of Yesh Atid. "If the prime minister had turned to us immediately after the elections, we would have gone in," she said. "Netanyahu had a very clear plan," Shaked said, "to establish a government with Yesh Atid and the hareidim....
  • Bennett Vindicated as Coalition Crafting Enters Overtime

    03/01/2013 6:54:52 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/3/13 | Gil Ronen
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will meet President Shimon Peres Saturday evening and ask him for a two-week extension in which to put together a coalition of parties and form a new government. Peres will grant Netanyahu the two-week extension. If Netanyahu fails to cobble together a coalition within a fortnight, however, he will be in serious trouble. Peres could decide to task someone else with creating a coalition, or new elections could be called. We are, therefore, entering the "money time" of coalition crafting. The reports in two major news sources Friday that Netanyahu's representatives offered Yesh Atid a policy...
  • Likud Warns: New Elections are Possible

    02/18/2013 12:47:51 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/2/13 | Gil Ronen
    A pact between Bayit Yehudi and Yesh Atid is causing serious consternation in Likud, and a senior source in the ruling party warns that new elections are a possibility. The improbable warning is a sign that Likud is feeling the pressure of the united front presented by Bayit Yehudi head Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid's Yair Lapid, each of whom is saying he will not enter the coalition without the other. "Bennett should not pull the rope too much," the senior source told Maariv. "In the end it will snap." "Netanyahu is ready to head for elections," the source said....
  • Jewish Home and Yesh Atid form united front

    02/17/2013 7:13:44 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 5 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 2/17/2013 | GABE FISHER
    The Jewish Home and Yesh Atid parties have entered into a strategic alliance and notified Likud-Beytenu coalition negotiators that the two parties will either enter the government together or retire to the opposition. Both parties are intent on legislating the conscription of ultra-Orthodox Israelis into military or national service, a move rejected by the ultra-Orthodox parties, making coalition talks extremely challenging for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In response to the alliance, reported by the Hebrew media Sunday, a senior Likud source involved in the coalition negotiations accused the national-religious Jewish Home party of “voter fraud,” for forming an agreement with...
  • Op-Ed: The Lapid Factor in the Coalition Equation

    01/26/2013 3:59:46 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/1/13 | David Rubin
    After Likud Beytenu’s Pyrrhic victory in the Israeli elections, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will most likely be confronted with the formidable task of piecing together a new coalition. Given the diverse group of potential partners, this will be no easy task. First and foremost in this cast of characters is Yesh Atid, led by popular TV personality Yair Lapid, who surprised everyone by becoming the second largest party in the incoming Knesset. It now seems clear that the key to the new coalition is in its hands. Defining his party as Center rather than Left, Lapid has been quite clear...
  • Yesh Atid's Rabbi Piron: Bennett's Annexation Plan 'Delusional'

    01/14/2013 4:35:02 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/1/13 | Annie Lubin
    Rabbi Shai Piron, number two on Yesh Atid's Knesset list and a resident of the Judea and Samaria town of Oranit, clarified his policy stance in regards to a possible two state solution and land swaps in Judea and Samaria an interview on the Knesset Channel, taking time to also attack Bayit Yehudi's Naftali Bennett for what he called a "delusional" plan. During the interview, Rabbi Piron said that a two state solution would be best for both sides, claiming, "There is a solution that speaks about two states for two peoples -- that is the future of the State...
  • Lapid : If Livni Stays Out of Coalition, So will

    01/05/2013 2:31:12 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/1/13 | Gil Ronen
    Yesh Atid (Future) chairman Yair Lapid shot down on Saturday the idea of forming an anti-Likud bloc with Labor and Tzipi Livni's party, but then gave it his conditional consent. The idea was floated Friday night by Livni in a live Channel 2 television appearance, then seconded by MK Shelly Yechimovich, who heads Labor. .... Lapid wrote on his Facebook page that he would meet Yechimovich and Livni, but added, "I have no interest in joining a 'blocking bloc' because it is not my habit to boycott people and parties." "In the meeting, I will suggest to them that, in...
  • Lapid: I won't Sit in Right-Wing Government

    01/03/2013 12:10:23 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/1/13 | Gil Ronen
    Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid (Future) party, announced Thursday evening that his party would not join a nationalist government headed by Likud – Yisrael Beytenu. "To all those who asked," he wrote on his Facebook page, "Of course we will not sit as a fifth wheel in a government of Shas and the extreme right." "On the other hand – if we have enough Knesset seats, maybe we can establish a completely different government," Lapid added. "A moderate, centrist government in which we will be able to pass a law for an equal share of the burden, which...
  • Lapid: Livni Can be My Number 2

    11/25/2012 10:14:36 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz ^ | 25/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    The head of the Yesh Atid (Future) party, Yair Lapid, announced on his Facebook page Sunday that he has asked Tzipi Livni to be in the number two spot in his party's Knesset list. Livni is expected to announce this week that she is running in an independent party. "In the past few days I have had quite a few conversations with Tzipi Livni," Lapid wrote. "She received an offer to be Number Two on the Yesh Atid list and to be a full partner in all of the important decisions. Splitting the centrist bloc is not good for Israel...