Would-be politician and former news anchor Yair Lapid criticized Kadima for failing to join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, saying on Wednesday that he his party would join a future cabinet in a bid to “fight for what he believes in.”
Lapid’s comments, coming during a speech to students in Sapir College, came after on Sunday he announced that his new political party will be called Atid, which means “future,” adding that he has yet to tell the public whose faces - other than his own – will man the party.
Speaking of former Kadima chairperson Tzipi Livni, who recently lost the party chair to rival Shaul Mofaz, Lapid said she “should have taken heed of the voters who gave her their vote and enter the government to try and exert influence in their favor.”
“If Kadima had been in the current cabinet we could have had a more moderate, more socially oriented, more peace-seeking government than what we have right now,” Lapid said, adding: “Kadima made a mistake, I won’t repeat that mistake. I’ll join the government and fight for the things I believe in.”
“I’m passing on to your children a country the last governments of which rejected a solution to the bleeding Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which your generation will resolve,” Lapid said, adding that the fact “that there isn’t even a negotiation to resolve the conflict shows my generation’s lack of responsibility.”
He added: “There is no other solution but the two-state solution, I don’t want to live in a bi-national state.”
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