Lapid is not that far different from Netanyahu. And I think that's a good thing.
Lapid’s rise reflects the way the overwhelming majority of Israelis have moved on from their prior obsession with the peace process. Since the Palestinians have repeatedly rejected peace and used Israeli withdrawals to create terror enclaves like Gaza, there is a consensus that until a sea change occurs among Arabs, more such concessions are unthinkable.Essentially, the response (or lack thereof) by the Palestinian Authority to first Barak's, then Sharon's, then Olmert's offers or steps towards a settlement with the PA, has irked the Israeli in the street.
So, anyone who thought that Yair Lapid was the messiah of Israeli politics is in for a rude awakening. Israeli politics is never boring.
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Stephen M. Flatow