ATbar Lapid, Yair (H.E. MK)

Lapid, Yair (H.E. MK)

Chairman, Yesh Atid Party and Member of Parliament; Former Minister of Finance, Israel

Member of Knesset Yair Lapid is the Founder and Chairperson of Yesh Atid, Israel's largest centrist party. Lapid served as Israel’s Finance Minister and a member of the Political-Security Cabinet, the forum charged with defining and implementing Israel's foreign and defense policies during the 19th Knesset. In the 2015 elections, Yesh Atid secured 11 seats confirming its place as a major actor on the Israeli political scene. In the current Knesset, MK Lapid serves in the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Yesh Atid offers a centrist alternative to the traditional left and right wing blocs in Israeli politics. The party remains focused on improving the standard of living in Israel, equality across Israeli society, economic growth , fighting corruption, and a commitment to a regional diplomatic solution accord based on the principle of two states for two peoples which will ensure Israel's long term security.

Before his entry into politics Lapid was a leading television personality, having anchored the main Friday evening News Program for 4 years and prior to that having hosted his own show for 8 years on Israel's Channel 2 Between 2002 and 2013, when he founded Yesh Atid, Lapid wrote a weekly column in Israel's leading daily newspaper, Yediot Ahronot (which often set the public agenda) and he was widely recognized as one of Israel's most influential columnists.

Lapid is also a prolific writer having published 11 books (translated and distributed in numerous countries), a number of which became best-sellers in Israel. He is a two-time recipient of the “Platinum Book Award” by the Israeli Union of Publishers.

Throughout his professional life, Lapid has been active in community affairs. Among the nonprofits in which he volunteered are those assisting the underprivileged such as Aleh, Youth Renewal Fund (YRF) and Miftan Safed (which he chaired). Until he entered political life, he taught civics and media studies at a special "inner-city" high school in one of Tel Aviv-Jaffa's poorest neighborhoods. He was also a partner in the founding of Home for Life, a residential facility for autistic youth.

Yair Lapid lives in Tel Aviv with his wife Lihi and three children.

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MK Yair Lapid - ICT16

The session was part of the ICT's 16th World Summit on Counter-Terrorism: "Unpuzzling Terrorism". Fighting terrorism is not a regular war, as this fight is taking place in our mind, more than in the physical place where the terrorist attack occurred. As such, in fighting terrorism we should pay attention to the civil arena, banks, media, the legal system, the political system and NGOs. The UN cannot be the correct arena to fight terrorism as long as it cannot overcome the objections by the Muslim and non-democratic countries. Therefore, it is necessary to establish a new international body that will fight terrorism in the civil arena.        
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