Lapid defends wife walking out of interview: They made her cry

Israeli prime minister and leader of the Yesh Atid party Yair Lapid and his wife Lihi attend an election campaign event of the Yesh Atid party in Tel Aviv, September 8, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Israeli prime minister and leader of the Yesh Atid party Yair Lapid and his wife Lihi attend an election campaign event of the Yesh Atid party in Tel Aviv, September 8, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Prime Minister Yair Lapid defends his wife for walking out of an interview, apparently after being asked about his military service.

“I’m not sure it’s a great journalistic accomplishment to make my wife cry,” he tells Channel 13.

Lapid says that while the clip published by Channel 13 shows his wife Lihi ending the interview over the question about his IDF service, she actually became upset over repeated questions about Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife Sara, a controversial figure in Israel.

“She came for an interview about the Paralympics, a topic close to her heart, and then she was asked a lot of questions about Sara Netanyahu. Lihi never says a bad word about anyone, she didn’t want to hurt anyone. Sara had done nothing bad to Lihi or to me, so she, tears came to her eyes and left, and returned home with tears in her eyes,” Lapid says.

In answer to questions about his compulsory military service, Lapid says: “I served in Bamahane,” referring to the IDF magazine.

Netanyahu himself was less sympathetic, tweeting a picture of himself from his time in an elite commando unit, with the caption “I know where I was in the army.”

Many of Israel’s previous leaders served in elite units or were top generals.

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