The Slow Extinction of the TV Stars We Sent to Jerusalem

Yair Lapid and Shelly Yacimovich rose to power thanks to their TV personas; we have no one to blame for their disappointing performances but ourselves.

Channel 2 won the last election in Israel. When the Israeli public became fed up with old style politics - ministers, generals, and businessmen - it turned to new politicians, which the leading commercial television station produced for consumption. Very few asked themselves during the election whether Yair Lapid and Shelly Yacimovich have the requisite talents to run a country. It was...