international media has the misconception that Lapid is a la la land lefty
The international media seems to think that Lapid’s Yesh Atid party is a lefty la la land, kumbah ya singing party and that Bibi got b*tch slapped by voters because of the Israeli-Palestinian issue. That is because they are stupid and obviously haven’t followed Lapid and his opinions over the last few years. Here is Lapid’s version of kumbah ya from his facebook page the other day:
“I do not think that the Arabs want peace.”
He then added this: “What I want is not a new Middle East, but to be rid of them and put a tall fence between us and them,” he wrote, adding, it’s of utmost importance “to maintain a Jewish majority in the Land of Israel.”
Lapid has always stated strongly that Jerusalem cannot and should never be divided. Essentially, Lapid’s view of the Palestinians and negotiations with them is exactly the same as Netanyahu’s. They both say peace negotiations must resume, without pre-conditions. They both say no way to dividing Jerusalem. They both say the Palestinians are not interested in peace. They both insist on maintaining a Jewish majority (e.g. no Palestinian right of return within our borders). They both say we will not return to the pre-67 lines. If anything, Lapid takes a slightly more hawkish view toward the Palestinians than does Netanyahu.
People voted for Lapid because he has the same views on security as Bibi but has a different focus on domestic issues like being a force for making sure the Haredim and Arab-Israelis also serve in the military or do national service like everyone else and doing something about our housing crisis and high cost of living.
So here’s the deal international media. While you may be all about the Israeli-Palestinian issue, we here in Israel are focused on the high price of our cottage cheese, the lack of affordable housing, the fact that we’ve got privileged groups that don’t have to do military service, and other things along those lines. More than 70% of Israelis believe there is no chance of peace with the Palestinians. Just about everyone supports negotiations with the Palestinians but almost no one expects anything to come of them.