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FEB 07, 2013 - New Statesman

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Israel's centre cannot hold

Yair Lapid could end up as camouflage for Netanyahu’s intransigence.The real winner of Israel’s general election on 22 January was a former TV presenter and newspaper columnist, Yair Lapid, whose party, Yesh Atid (“there is a future”), came from nowhere to grab 19 seats. It now holds the balance of power, should Binyamin Netanyahu wish to remain prime minister. Lauded as a “centrist”, Lapid soon made clear his political inclinations – his party, he said, would not go into a “blocking coalition with the Haneen Zoabis”. The charismatic and ... Read More

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