Yair Lapid

Yair Lapid (Hebrew: יָאִיר לַפִּיד, IPA: [jaˈʔiʁ laˈpid]; born 5 November 1963) is an Israeli politician and former journalist serving as the Alternate Prime Minister of Israel and Minister of Foreign Affairs since 2021. Lapid also serves as the chairman of the Yesh Atid, having previously served as Leader of the Opposition from 2020 to 2021 and as Minister of Finance from 2013 to 2014.[1]

Yair Lapid
יאיר לפיד
Lapid in 2021
2nd Alternate Prime Minister of Israel
Assumed office
13 June 2021 (2021-06-13)
Prime MinisterNaftali Bennett
Preceded byBenny Gantz
Ministerial roles
2013–2014Minister of Finance
2021–Minister of Foreign Affairs
Faction represented in the Knesset
2013–2019Yesh Atid
2019–2020Blue and White
2020–Yesh Atid
Other roles
2020–2021Leader of the Opposition
Personal details
Born (1963-11-05) 5 November 1963 (age 58)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Political partyYesh Atid
Spouse(s)Lihi Lapid
Parent(s)Tommy Lapid
Shulamit Lapid
  • Politician
  • journalist

Before entering politics in 2012, Lapid was an author, TV presenter and news anchor. The centrist Yesh Atid party, which he founded, became the second-largest party in the Knesset by winning 19 seats in its first legislative election in 2013. The greater-than-anticipated results contributed to Lapid's reputation as a leading centrist.

From 2013 to 2014, following his coalition agreement with Likud, Lapid served as Minister of Finance under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In 2013, Lapid ranked first on the list of the "Most Influential Jews in the World" by The Jerusalem Post.[2] He was also recognized in 2013 as one of the leading Foreign Policy Global Thinkers,[3] and ranked as one of Time magazine's 100 "Most Influential People in the World".[4] He serves on the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, and the Sub-Committee on Intelligence and the Security Services.[5]

On 17 May 2020, Lapid became the Leader of the Opposition, after the thirty-fifth government of Israel was sworn in.[6] On 5 May 2021, he began talks with other parties to try to form a coalition government.[7] On 2 June 2021, Lapid informed Israeli President Reuven Rivlin that he had agreed to a rotation government with Naftali Bennett and was prepared to replace the incumbent prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.[8] The new government was sworn in on 13 June 2021.[9]

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