After the results of Israel’s election, the world is asking – who is Yair Lapid?
Haaretz’s Asher Schechter has the answer: Lapid, the head of the newly minted Yesh Atid (“There is a Future”) party, is a former news anchor and TV host. He smokes cigars and boxes. He is a notorious wannabe, often trying to pose as cool or tough, even though he is not in junior high anymore. In fact, he doesn’t even have a high-school diploma and often gets his facts wrong.
To top it all off, he is a former teenage heartthrob with daddy issues that had his sights set on becoming minister of education, and now finds himself a leading candidate in the soon-to-be-opening race for the position of next prime minister.