Confounding Critics, Israel's Yair Lapid Marks Surprising Decade in Politics

The Yesh Atid leader founded his party in January 2012 and, despite early skepticism from many in the media, is now counting down the days until he becomes Israel’s 14th prime minister in August 2023

Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer

On Saturday morning, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid tweeted a photo of himself with a birthday cake. It wasn’t his birthday. That was two months ago, when he turned 58. The cake – actually, there were two of them in the shape of numerals – was for the 10th anniversary of his announcement on January 8, 2012, that he was leaving journalism to found a new political party: Yesh Atid.

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