Tag Archive for Yair Lapid

‘Wing of Zion’ is operational, but Israeli leaders have no plans of using it

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid opposed buying the plane in 2013-2014 when he was finance minister, so now some commentators suggest that PM Bennett is not flying on it for political reasons.

Israel and Stuff Editorial


This extremely hi-tech Boeing 767 is the latest ‘tool’ in the protection of Israeli interests. Unfortunately, it’s grounded citing its extravagance for such a young, modest state.

For Israeli leaders to not exploit their own ‘Air Force One’ when traveling abroad may be seen as foolhardy and shortsighted since it’s paid-for, licensed & fully operational.

According to reports, the Wing of Zion wasn’t cheap, costing some NIS 750 million ($242m.) Continue Reading »

Israeli Prime Minister under pressure to scrap new “Air Force 1”

Left-wing Meretz urges PM Bennett to dispense with Israel’s new state plane that former PM Netanyahu had commissioned for official state use by Israel’s future Presidents and Prime Ministers.

By Ido Ben Porat


Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will soon have to decide whether to give up the official plane of the Prime Minister and President, which was ordered by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid supports the sale of the plane and has previously announced that one of the first decisions he will make if he forms a government will be to give up the plane that is supposed to serve him and the President. Continue Reading »

Gantz & 2 other ex-Generals teem up with Lapid to dethrone Netanyahu

FIRST ‘serious threat’ to PM Netanyahu:  Former IDF Chief of Staff and Israel Resilience Party leader Benny Gantz, leads former IDF Chiefs of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi and Moshe Ya’alon, who was a Defense Minister for Netanyahu, to join Yesh Atid Party leader Yair Lapid, in a rotation agreement to head a new center-left government following the April 9 election.

By Yuval Karni


Israel Resilience Party leader Yair Lapid and Yesh Atid Party leader Yair Lapid signed a rotation agreement and will run together in the upcoming April 9 elections, they announced early Thursday.

Gabi Ashkenazi will also join them, making him the third former IDF chief in the party, in addition to Gantz and to former defense minister Moshe Ya’alon. Continue Reading »

Amid IDF impasse, Netanyahu coalition calls to dissolve Knesset, call for elections

As Lapid backtracks on past support “in petty politics at the expense of the IDF and Israeli public” in a last-ditch effort to exploit the ultra-Orthodox draft impasse, Netanyahu’s gov’t decides to dissolve the parliament and call for early elections.

By i24NEWS


An emergency meeting of the heads of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition partners on Monday in a last-ditch effort to resolve an impasse over contentious legislation regulating military conscription for ultra-Orthodox Jews ended in a decision to dissolve parliament and call early elections.

The meeting, which got underway shortly after 1:00 p.m. local time at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, was called a day before Israel’s parliament was due to begin preparing a bill on the contentious issue for its final readings with less than a month left to pass a law on the matter under a Supreme Court-imposed deadline. Continue Reading »

Despite allegations of corruption, here’s 7 reasons why Netanyahu is more popular

If you’re dumbfounded as to how an Israeli prime minister can be suspected of bribery, and yet his popularity is steadily growing in each survey taken, here’s seven reasons.



Plenty of people mocked the survey by pollster Avi Degani that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted on his Facebook page, which gave his Likud a 34-to 20-Knesset seat lead over the Yesh Atid party of Yair Lapid, the central witness against him in Case 1000, the “expensive gift affair.”

MK Yair Lapid, then Minister of Finance, speaking at the 14th Annual Herzliya Conference – Screenshot

After all, Degani has been paid to take polls for the Likud for many years, and the survey was leaked to the pro-Netanyahu Israel Hayom newspaper. Continue Reading »

UK Minister forced to apologize for meeting Netanyahu while on family vacation in Israel

Minister Patel was scolded by bosses for having unscheduled, unofficial high level meetings in Jerusalem, after she was ‘outed’ by photo, tweeted from Israel.
– Patel said that she was, “struck by the achievements of the State of Israel…a world leader in technology, life and vocational skills.”

By i24NEWS


A British minister was forced to publicly apologize on Monday after it emerged the country’s foreign ministry was not aware of a host of high-level meetings she took during a “family holiday” in Israel over the summer, including with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Israeli Knesset Member Takes Sweden to Task for Distorted Moral Attitude


MK Lapid: “We are standing here in Wallenberg Square, in memory of the Swedish diplomat who during the Holocaust saved my father…Your gov’t and, in particular, your Foreign Minister, are now on the wrong side morality. However, Wallenberg’s legacy, the legacy of moral courage, still exists in Sweden.”

By Yoel Domb


The head of the “Yesh Atid” party, MK Yair Lapid, attended a pro-Israel rally today (Sunday) in Stockholm, Sweden, together with hundreds of supporters of Israel, members of the Swedish Parliament, students and representatives of the Jewish community in Stockholm.

Yesh Atid chairman MK Yair Lapid

The rally took place in the wake of a surge in anti-Semitic statements over the past few months in Europe in general and specifically in Sweden, and in the wake of the delegitimization campaign recently orchestrated by BDS. Continue Reading »

Israeli politician Yair Lapid lambastes UNRWA ‘insanity’, leader’s motives


Yesh Atid chief rejects UNRWA criticism over the demolition of terrorist homes, rebukes UNRWA for its incitement, employment of Hamas members, deletion of Israel on its school maps, and asks Americans, why do you “fund over a $100 million a year of this insanity?”

By Arutz Sheva Staff


Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid lambasted the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) on Tuesday, following the organization’s condemnation of the recent demolitions of the homes of two terrorists responsible for a deadly stabbing attack last December.

Ann Dismorr, Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon, with a map that shows all of Israel as “Palestine”.-

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Lapid: UNESCO Temple Mount decision to erase Jewish connection will cause bloodshed


Israel’s former Finance Minister Yair Lapid wrote to UNESCO chairman Irina Bokova that the decision to ignore the Jewish people’s historic connection to the Western Wall & Temple Mount will lead to much more bloodshed.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


Yesh Atid chairman and former Finance Minister Yair Lapid wrote a scathing letter to UNESCO over the weekend, stating to chairman Irina Bokova that a decision to divorce the Jewish people from the Western Wall and Temple Mount will lead to bloodshed.

Jews gather to pray at the Western Wall during Succot. – Photo by AFP

“This decision is a shameful attempt to rewrite history, rewrite reality as part of the ongoing political campaign against Israel and the Jewish people,” Lapid stated in the letter.  Continue Reading »

Watch: Lapid condemns ‘patronizing EU hypocrisy’ during CNN interview

view videoWATCH opposition MK Lapid in CNN interview explains the hypocrisy and maliciousness of the EU decision. “We are a sovereign country, and we will make our own decisions by ourselves.” 

By Tova Dvorin


Former Finance Minister and Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid was interviewed by CNN‘s Richard Quest on Thursday, where he talked tough about the EU decision to label Jewish goods from Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights.

“First of all, after two months of Jews being stabbed in the streets of Israel, the EU has decided it’s time to reward the terrorists and not the victims with this decision,” Lapid noted. Continue Reading »

Lapid slams British followers of ‘useful idiot’ Roger Waters for boycotting Israel

Israel Knesset Member Lapid writes in The Guardian:  ‘Everyone wants to be like Nelson Mandela, but no one has the patience to learn the details’


Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid slammed a group of British artists Thursday for calling on their colleagues around the world to boycott Israel until it ends what they termed the “colonial occupation.”

Yair Lapid – Photo: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM

Lapid responded in an opinion piece published in The Guardian that the signatories were ignoring many painful truths. He singled out Roger Waters, a veteran critic of Israel’s policies who co-founded the band Pink Floyd 50 years ago. Continue Reading »

Intel Plans $6 billion Investment in Israel

Intel will spend $6 billion to upgrade its manufacturing plant; Finance Minister Yair Lapid said that “Intel’s investment is a strategic asset for Israel’s industry. This is the biggest investment by a foreign company ever in Israel.”

By Yaakov Levi


Intel will spend $6 billion to upgrade its Kiryat Gat chip manufacturing plant, in one of the biggest single investments ever by a foreign company in Israel. In exchange for the investment, the government will provide Intel with grants and tax breaks over the next ten years. The deal is expected to generate thousands of jobs.

Economics Minister Naftali Bennett with the Intel grant approval

Economics Minister Naftali Bennett with the Intel grant approval –
Courtesy of the Ministry of Economy

Under the deal, Intel will get a grant of $300 million over a five year period, and be eligible for a significant reduction in corporate tax rates over a ten year period. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Finance Minister: Unless War Continues, No New Taxes

Finance Minister Lapid said that Operation Protective Edge shouldn’t have an effect on the state budget – hopefully….if it’s short.

By Yosef Berger


In an interview with Channel Ten Monday night, Finance Minister Yair Lapid said that it was unlikely that the costs of Operation Protective Edge would have much of an effect on the state budget – unless the operation continued for much longer.

“We don’t count the bills during wartime, but it does not appear that this operation will have a long-term effect on the economy. We have arranged for money to pay for the operation from within the current budget,” Lapid said. Continue Reading »

MK Lapid threatens he’ll bring down Netanyahu’s gov’t if West Bank annexed


Finance Minister Lapid offers his plan to end ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict by freezing settlement construction and outlying Israel’s future borders.

By Attila Somfalvi


Amid the halted peace process and Israel’s increasing isolation in the international community, Finance Minister Yair Lapid threatened Sunday to bring down the government if it decides to unilaterally annex the West Bank, and called to freeze settlement construction and map out Israel’s future borders.

MK Yair Lapid, Minister of Finance, speaking at the 14th Annual Herzliya Conference - Screenshot

MK Yair Lapid, Minister of Finance, speaking at the 14th Annual Herzliya Conference – Screenshot

In a document released Sunday, the senior government minister criticizes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, and urges a halt of construction in the West Bank, particularly in areas Israel was not expected to keep in any future peace accord. Continue Reading »

Israel Environmentalists Decree Eilat Railroad ‘A Big Waste of Money’

Environmental & civic groups have written to Israel’s Finance Minister, asking him to freeze further steps for construction of a rail line to Eilat.

By Moshe Cohen


Environmental and civic groups have written to Finance Minister Yair Lapid, asking him to freeze plans for construction of a rail line to Eilat. The groups say that the cost of the electric train line could reach NIS 30 billion ($700 million) – money that could be better spent on urban projects that will be less damaging to the environment.

High-speed trains - IsraelandStuff/PP

Will Eilat have high-speed trains? – IsraelandStuff/PP

The groups say that the line will serve only about 3 million people a year, and will constitute a hazard for desert animals, who may be injured or killed by the high-speed trains traversing the Negev desert. Continue Reading »