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Who is Yair Lapid ? Israel’s new Leader: What you need to know



  • Yair Lapid is a 57-year-old Israeli politician, former television personality, and former journalist. Since May 17,2020 he is serving as the Leader of Opposition in Israel.

  • Lapid was born and raised in Tel Aviv to a writer mother and a journalist father.

  • He is married to journalist Lihi Lapid and has two children. He has another son from his first marriage.

  • He left journalism in 2012 and formed his political party ‘’Yesh Atid’. The main focus of the party, he said, was to address the economic concerns of the Israeli middle class.

  • His party won 19 seats in the 2013 elections and he formed a coalition government with Benjamin Netanyahu’s party.

  • Yair Lapid served as a Finance Minister of Israel from 15 March 2013 to 2 December 2014.

  • Israel's president has asked Yair Lapid, the leader of the centrist Yesh Atid party, to try to form a government.

  • He will succeed Benjamin Netanyahu, who served as Israel’s Prime Minister for 12 years.

  • Lapid came in second in the March election held in Israel. After becoming the Prime Minister, he faces a big challenge to bridge the ideological differences between political parties.

  • "After two years of political paralysis, Israeli society is hurting. A unity government isn't a compromise or a last resort - it's a goal, it's what we need,” Lapid said in a statement.



Picture Courtesy: Haaretz

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