Why I chose not to endorse Yair Lapid for Prime Minister of Israel

Yair Lapid
Yair Lapid

Last night in Jerusalem, in the undivided capital of Israel, Yesh Atid, a moderate political party in Israel, held a Town Hall meeting hosting the head chairman, Yair Lapid, to speak to an English speaking audience.

He spoke about several topics. His 7-point plan covered a variety of issues in Israel; security, the Israeli-Arab conflict, the balance between Judaism and democracy, governance, law enforcement, the economy, and education. He was asked questions regarding his plan, especially in regards to the Israeli-Arab conflict. In my opinion, his answers were a bit vague, offering no solution to solve the conflict.

He brought up good points, that the Israeli government needs fixing and putting a stop to the corruption that has continued on for years. He said many current government officials have trouble thinking ahead which is why there is so much red tape, but wasn’t detailed with answers on how to fix the problems.

It’s one thing to point out the issues. It’s another to solve them. And I believe that every problem is solvable.

His plan for jobs and the economy were both good and bad. I agree there definitely needs to be rent control where there isn’t, but I disagree with the idea of every job moving towards high tech jobs. Not everyone has experience in this field, and they still need to provide for their families.

It was also disappointing to see the ignorance of young American immigrants who made remarks about the United States Presidential election, and Yair Lapid went along with it with jokes of his own! This shows me which political party he is lined up with in the United States, and shows his ignorance of the United States election way of voting.

He was clear where he stood with Israel’s sovereignty and said he does not want it. His excuse was to blame the Arab Knesset members on their motives wanting Israel to no longer be a Jewish State, including giving away Judea and Samaria. To me this was what put the nail in the coffin as the deciding factor for me that I will not endorse Yesh Atid and Yair Lapid as Prime Minister.

Judea especially is the root of Judaism, the root of our history, our rightful legitimate claim to our ancestral homeland which has been ours for over 4,000 years. Even feeling the way I feel about the current Government and it’s corruption, I can not support this plan. Not with my conscience and principles.

My ideal leader will claim that Judea and Samaria is rightfully ours. 100 percent. Not negotiable. A sign of a true Israeli leader will fight for these principles in our country.

David Weissman was born in Queens, NY and served 13 years in the U.S. Army as a chaplain assistant, including two deployments to Afghanistan. Upon being honorably discharged he made the Jewish right of return (Aliyah) and moved to the city of Ashkelon in Israel where he experienced the war with Hamas in the summer of 2014. David is now a freelance writer living in the city of Efrat in the Jerusalem district.