The Most Israeli Israeli

Yair Lapid faithfully represents a large and self-involved segment of the Israeli public. To borrow his own meme, he is what is most Israeli.

What is the secret of Yair Lapid's success? From whence did this subterranean vein of gold (or in his case, subterranean pocket of hot air) come? After subtracting from Lapid's dizzying electoral accomplishment all of the usual suspects - Israeli voters' eternal desire for "centrism," his television fame and telegenic good looks, his knowing the right things to say to sweet talk and to cajole and the...