Yair Lapid, the Haredim and Israel’s Way to Normalcy

The Finance Minister's refusal to kowtow to ultra-Orthodox political demands doesn't show a hatred of Haredim, but it does show that the winds of change are blowing.

On Monday Yair Lapid, Israel’s new finance minister, gave his maiden speech in the Knesset. He was responding to a number of no-confidence motions against the new government. His speech, constantly interrupted by the opposition, generated much attention in the media, for understandable reasons.