Yesh Atid’s Knesset slate chock-full of journalists, activists and local politicians
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Yesh Atid’s Knesset slate chock-full of journalists, activists and local politicians

Yair Lapid says his party's slogan -- 'We came to change' -- reflects outlook of its members

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid, center with tie, surrounded by his fellow party members after announcing their list for the upcoming Knesset elections in early December, 2012. Most of his list comprises new MKs, 19 of whom are entering the next Knesset. (photo credit: Yehoshua Yosef/Flash90)
Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid, center with tie, surrounded by his fellow party members after announcing their list for the upcoming Knesset elections in early December, 2012. Most of his list comprises new MKs, 19 of whom are entering the next Knesset. (photo credit: Yehoshua Yosef/Flash90)

Yair Lapid on Sunday announced the Yesh Atid party’s complete list — notably devoid of former Knesset members — and unveiled its slogan: “We came to change.”

The neophyte centrist politician, an ex-TV anchor, remarked that, true to the slogan, his party “came to change because we can. The most basic thing that you need in order to change is to believe that it’s possible, and to cause other people [to believe] that it’s possible. Then we will [see] change.”

Lapid’s late father, Yosef “Tommy” Lapid, stood at the head of a secular/liberal party called Shinui (Change) during the 1990s.

Lapid tops the 12-member list, followed by Rabbi Shai Piron, director of the Movement for the Advancement of Education in Israel. In third and fourth place are two municipal politicians: Yael German, the mayor of Herzliya who was affiliated with the Meretz party, and Dimona mayor, Meir Cohen.

Former Shin Bet chief Yaakov Peri comes in fifth, lending the party some defense credentials that are otherwise largely lacking. He is followed by political pundit Ofer Shelah and Aliza Lavie who, like Lapid, premiere in politics with Yesh Atid after careers in journalism.

Russian immigrant, judoka, and Netanya city councilman Yoel Razvozov comes in No. 8 on the Yesh Atid list, followed by social activist Adi Kol.

Lawyer Karin Elharer comes in at No. 10. And rounding off the party list as Nos. 11 and 12 — who may not receive seats in the Knesset if recent polls prove accurate — are Micky Levi, a former Jerusalem police commander and police attache to the United States, and social worker Shimon Solomon.

Yesh Atid is pitching itself as a centrist party, committed to greater socioeconomic justice, and universal conscription achieved via agreement and negotiation.

Lapid has resisted calls to merge with other parties in the crowded center and center-left sector of the political spectrum. Polls have showed his party getting anywhere from five to 10 seats in the January 22 elections.

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