Own it? Nah, think of me like a hub...Turkey, if you will.(kidding) There's no place like home eh? Well it's nice when the prodigal son returns too. Now all we need is your prodigal cousins and we'll have a proper dust-up :-))<quoted text>
You practically own this thread now days, don't you? Its nice being able to drop by every now and then and pick up where I left with the same correspondents like nothing happened. Maybe that's why I keep being drawn here again and again.
Yair Lapid is the rising voice of the moderates and the tired middle class, his father was the legendary leader of the Shinui ("change") party which represented those who were concerned with the rising political influence and demographics of the Ultra-orthodox Haredim sector, opposing their grasp over the mostly secular ruling coalitions.
Why is he ready to lead? No one is ever ready to lead, but there comes a time when a messianic figure must rise to deliver a desperate nation and secure its future or it will fade into history. Since the alternative to hope and faith is cynicism and despair I choose the torch of hope (Yair Lapid literally means "he who will light the torch" in Hebrew). "Cynics never built anything in the past" that's one of Lapid's slogans.
You want to know why Lapid is the right preson to deliver us to a better future? be the judge yourself:
In this video Yair Lapid is addressing an Atlanta conservative Rabinnical assembly in English which took place about two-three months ago in Atlanta. Tell me if you believe in him as I do afterwards.
As a politician he really reminds me of George Clooney's role in the "The Ides of March" (2011).
Your guy comes to politics from journalism and his experience as a talking head will serve him well. He knows how to spin a yarn...can seamlessly segue tragedy to humor...he can turn a word...that Ceauşescu analogy was priceless...he thinks well on his feet. All of these makes him an endearing choice but do they make him a qualified one? He thinks he's prepared to lead or he wouldn't be running, I just doubt any of the messianic rhetoric crossed his mind in the process of deciding.
And "Change", where have we heard that one before? In my experience it's not always good. Has he voiced an opinion on the prospect of China operating the Orient express between Ashdod and Haifa?