YAIR LAPID: JERUSALEM BELONGS ONLY TO THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL

Budding politician, shy to expose his views in the media, has been more forthcoming in correspondences on his official Facebook page.

Haaretz

Media personality-turned-politician Yair Lapid revealed a few of his political views on Thursday, indicating during a Facebook exchange that he opposed the division of Jerusalem, saying that the capital was “more than just a place.”

“Jerusalem belongs to the people of Israel and not to anyone else,” Lapid wrote.

When one Facebook user asked the former Channel 2 anchorman to give a straight answer, “not a politician’s one,” concerning the issue, Lapid said that, in these subjects, “I’m for sense – the politicians can go on evading.”

“As a citizen, I can tell you Jerusalem is not just a place to me, but it’s my history and national ethos as well and I think it belongs to the people of Israel and no to anyone else,” Lapid wrote.

Although wary about detailing his views to the media, Lapid has been quite active in expressing them on his Facebook page.

Last month, the budding politician promised “to fight the fight of the Israeli middle class with three tools: by changing the system of government; by abrogating the Tal Law [which regulates the conditions for ultra-Orthodox army draft deferrals and exemptions] and replacing it with a state national-service agency; and by waging an uncompromising war against vested interest groups, sector-based parties and tycoons, to change the distribution of resources.”

Also last month, Lapid held a conference in the upscale, centrally-situated community of Maccabim-Reut.

He told his audience he would never join Kadima, adding, “Just look at them.” Later, on his Facebook wall, he called the party’s Knesset members “a gang of cynical rejects from other parties who don’t have a clue about what, if anything, they believe, and there’s no way, no scenario in which I would join them.”

Also on Facebook, Lapid wrote that the Labor Party “traveled the whole way to the radical left,” in terms of both social policy and its policy regarding the Palestinians. At Maccabim-Reut, Lapid attacked Labor chairwoman, MK Shelly Yachimovich, personally, accusing her of being unfair to him. “She knows the truth but insisted on attacking me and claimed that [former Prime Minister] Ehud Olmert was my political consultant.”

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