Centrist Yesh Atid party leader veering rightward as possibility of early elections grows.
His rise in the polls is an expression of Israeli society’s paralyzing fear of change.
If the opinion polls are accurate, the Yesh Atid chairman could be Israel's next prime minister. That's what makes his views on Hebron shooter Elor Azaria all the more disturbing.
Perhaps a centrist emergency government can still save Israel from massive systems failure.
The Israeli-born billionaire has been close to politicians in Israel for years, but he doesn’t throw presents around – except of course the cigars and champagne demanded by the prime minister.
In a serious strategic document, the Yesh Atid leader - whose eyes are on the premiership - avoids the Palestinian issue and calls for a strong, costly army.
Survey by the Ma'ariv daily finds Likud would win 29 seats in the 120-member Knesset and defeat Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid; 57 percent believe suspicions against Netanyahu justified.
If the revelations about the prime minister's talks with the owner of Yedioth Ahronoth are true, it will be just the latest twist in a crazy story.
Bill, thought to target anti-occupation veterans group Breaking the Silence, would be put to vote in expedited process.
From declarations of loyalty to the army and judicial system to demonstrations of sympathy and support for the now-convicted soldier and his family, Israeli politicians exhibited signs of schizophrenia these past nine months.