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    • zionist forever
    • 06.07.13 | 21:04 (IDT)

    Lapid has from the start based his entire political career on populist issues rather than issues that are good for the country. The only thing he has taken seriously is his crusade against the haredi and orthodox Judaism. When he made his budget it looked for the first time he was starting to take politics seriously but then he does start blaming predecessors for things like alcohol tax. He has seen how his budget took him from one of the most popular politicians to one of the most hated so announces there is no extinsial threat so next time the military budget can be cut and that money spend on social projects. He is in favour of 2 states but doesn't like to go into any detail to avoid upsetting his yes man Bennet. He has been criticised for making more announcements on Facebook than in the Knesset. As soon as the election results were in before he even set foot in the Knesset he didn't say how happy he was to have been elected he announced he would be PM within 16 months. He formed his own party rather than join another and work his way through the ranks because he wanted to use his fame from tv as a fast track to the top. Lapid is an example of all thats wrong in Israeli politics. Opportunists who form their own partes to advance their own careers, single issue parties. We need 3 mainstream parties so there is real choice unlike Democrat v Republican only but at the same time we don't have more parties than we have Knesset seats.

    from the article: Finance Minister Yair Lapid needs to show more bottle
    First published 17:41 04.07.13 | Last updated 17:41 04.07.13
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