I usually don’t waste blog posts on things I consider a flash in the pan, but I couldn’t resist this one. You all know how much I hate hypocrisy and Yair Lapid displayed it in spades today. Haaretz tells us that the TV journalist who’s formed a new celebrity-driven centrist party, Yesh Atid (“There is a Future”), wanted to unveil his program regarding the Palestinian “problem.” So he chose to do it…in Ariel:
Lapid said that he had decided to present his foreign policy platform to voters at the Ariel University Center, located in the West Bank settlement Ariel, because “there is no map on which Ariel isn’t a part of the state of Israel.”
So the guy who opposes the Occupation chose occupied Palestine as the site for unveiling his plan to solve the issue. Among the delightful things he said was that he wanted to “get rid of the Palestinians:”
Israel “must at last get rid of the Palestinians and put a fence between us,” he said, adding that “there will be no ‘new Middle East,’ but at least there won’t be three million Palestinians in Israeli territory.”
It doesn’t appear he was advocating genocide or extermination. Maybe not even expulsion (though you never know). He just wanted to make them disappear with the snap of a finger because they’re, well, so damn inconvenient.
Here’s another example of the fresh thinking he’s bringing to the table:
I am no lefty but I do think that the Palestinians brought it upon themselves. Instead of building hospitals they opted to construct training grounds for firing rockets and mortars,”
Is it any wonder that Israeli politics are so bereft of rhyme or reason? People like Lapid are like blind men walking in the dark with candles that offer them no help in finding their way.
My bon mot about Lapid’s Future party is that it has no future. Israeli celebrity political parties are a dime a dozen. Someone comes along every few years on the strength of one idea or one fresh face and takes a jaded electorate and dysfunctional political system by storm. He (it’s always a “he”) wins a dozen seats, enters the ruling coalition, abandons his allegiance to that one fresh idea and becomes just another wheeler-dealer–and promptly disappears from the political scene during the next election cycle.
If we needed any further proof we can look to Lapid’s father, Tommy Lapid, who founded the Shinui party (it even used that magic word “change” in its English language party name). It was supposed to mediate the ideological divide between the far-right Likud and left-wing Labor. It advocated strong secular values and impeding the power of the religious parties. Shinui lasted longer than most flash-in-the-pan parties. I think two election cycles. Then it was gone. Lapid fils will be lucky if he lasts through the election after the upcoming one in January. His party has no discernible principles other than his bright-shining face.