Israel Political Brief May 21, 2013: Poll: 66% Say Yair Lapid Shouldn’t be Prime Minister

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Poll: 66% Say Lapid Shouldn’t be Prime Minister

Source: Arutz Sheva, 5-21-13

Just a few weeks ago he was the most popular politician in Israel, but according to a new poll released Tuesday, two thirds of Israelis do not believe that Yair Lapid has what it takes to lead the country….READ MORE

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Israel Political Brief May 19, 2013: Yair Lapid: Fresh Israeli Face Plays Down Dimming of Political Star

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Fresh Israeli Face Plays Down Dimming of Political Star

Source: New York Times, 5-19-13

To say Yair Lapid has been on a roller coaster would be an understatement. One recent headline blared about his “meteoric rise and fall,” another said he had gone from “political darling to national whipping boy….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 7, 2013: Yesh Atid to oppose referendum on land-for-peace bill

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Yesh Atid to oppose referendum on land-for-peace bill

Source: Israel Hayom, 5-7-13

Yair Lapid’s faction poised to vote against bill demanding referendum and a special Knesset majority for any cabinet decision involving ceding territory in future peace deal despite coalition agreement • Likud: Lapid-Bennett alliance is disintegrating….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 19, 2013: Rivals’ pact in Israel blocks PM Benjamin Netanyahu from forming coalition

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Rivals’ pact in Israel blocks Netanyahu from forming coalition

Source: LAT, 2-19-13

The surprise alliance between Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett puts a twist in talks on forming Israel’s next government.

Israeli politicians' alliance poses obstacle to Netanyahu's efforts to form coalitionRivals Yair Lapid, left, leader of the Yesh Atid party, and Naftali Bennett, head of the Jewish Home party, attend a reception this month in Jerusalem. Both support a military draft for the ultra-Orthodox. (Uriel Sinai / Getty Images / February 4, 2013)

A new odd couple in Israeli politics has become the biggest obstacle to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus effort to form the next government.

The surprise alliance between Yair Lapid, 49, the rising star of Tel Aviv’s secular elite, and Naftali Bennett, 40, the yarmulke-wearing head of a religious-nationalist party, has added an unexpected wrinkle to coalition talks….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 19, 2013: Yair Lapid extends an olive branch to PM Benjamin Netanyahu

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Lapid extends an olive branch to Netanyahu

Source: Jerusalem Post, 2-19-13

Yair Lapid sent a message to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday, reassuring him that he could be trusted if he includes Yesh Atid in the coalition, sources close to Lapid said….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 18, 2013: ‘PM Benjamin Netanyahu livid at Lapid-Bennett conspiracy to push haredim out’

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‘PM livid at Lapid-Bennett conspiracy to push haredim out’

Source: Jerusalem Post, 2-18-13

Netanyahu tells ministers Lapid and Bennett are advancing themselves at the country’s expense, according to Likud sources, who allege that the pair are aiming to break the 36-year-old bond between Likud and the haredi parties….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 14, 2013: Israeli parties squabble over plum coalition jobs

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Israeli parties squabble over plum coalition jobs

Source: Jewish Chronicle, 2-14-13

Talks between Likud Beiteinu and the two main potential coalition partners – Yesh Atid and Habayit Hayehudi – were bogged down this week over disagreement between the sides on the new government’s policies and ministerial appointments….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 7, 2013: Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu tackles tricky government coalition-building

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Israel’s Netanyahu tackles tricky coalition-building

Source: Reuters, UK, 2-7-13

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Thursday with Yair Lapid, the surprise runner-up in an election last month, to try to draw him into a broad government….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 23, 2013: Elections 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Meets Yair Lapid for 2.5 Hours, Puts Naftali Bennett on Back Burner

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Netanyahu Meets Lapid for 2.5 Hours, Puts Bennett on Back Burner

Source: Arutz 7, 1-24-13

Prime Minister was quick to call other potential coalition partners, but extra-slow to call Bayit Yehudi head Bennett.

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has phoned Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett and spoken to him. The two exchanged congratulations on their respective achievements in the elections.

However, the timing of the phone call is significant. Netanyahu was quick to call the heads of hareidi-religious parties Shas and United Torah Judaism, as well as Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid, once exit poll results were known Tuesday evening. By early Thursday afternoon, he had already met with Lapid. Yet he procrastinated in calling Bennett until Thursday afternoon….READ MORE

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