Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid, whose party is running together with Benny Gantz’s Israel Resilience on the joint Blue and White slate for the April 9 elections, will be interviewed in English by Times of Israel’s editor David Horovitz at ZOA House in Tel Aviv this coming Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m.
The event is the latest in our series of one-on-one interviews, followed by plenty of audience Q&A, in the run-up to polling day.
The evening is co-hosted by The Times of Israel and the Tel Aviv International Salon in partnership with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.
Entrance is free. Space is limited. Please RSVP.
Yair Lapid is the founder and chairperson of Yesh Atid, and the co-founder of the centrist Blue and White political alliance, in partnership with Israel Resilience and Moshe Ya’alon’s Telem Party. Under their agreement, if they were to form the next coalition, Gantz would serve as prime minister for 2.5 years, to be followed by Lapid.
Lapid served as finance minister and a member of the inner security cabinet, the forum charged with defining and implementing Israel’s foreign and defense policies, during the 19th Knesset. In the outgoing 20th Knesset, he served on the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and its Sub-Committee on Intelligence and the Security Services.
Before his entry into politics, Lapid was a leading television personality, having anchored the main Friday evening news program for four years and prior to that having hosted his own show for eight years on Channel 2. Between 2002 and 2013, when he founded Yesh Atid, Lapid wrote a weekly column for Yedioth Ahronoth. Lapid is also a prolific writer, having published 12 books (translated and distributed around the globe), a number of which became best-sellers in Israel. He is a two-time recipient of the “Platinum Book Award” by the Israeli Union of Publishers.
Lapid has been one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people, Foreign Policy Magazine’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers, and one of the Jerusalem Post’s world’s most influential Jews.
Throughout his professional life, Lapid has been active in community affairs. Among the nonprofits in which he volunteered are those assisting the underprivileged such as Aleh, Youth Renewal Fund (YRF) and Miftan Safed (which he chaired). Until he entered political life, he taught civics and media studies at a special “inner-city” high school in one of Tel Aviv-Jaffa’s poorest neighborhoods. He was also a partner in the founding of Home for Life, a residential facility for autistic youth.
Lapid lives in Tel Aviv with his wife Lihi and their three children. He is the son of journalist and former minister Yosef “Tommy” Lapid, and author Shulamit Lapid.
Space is limited, please RSVP for Yair Lapid at ZOA House, 1 Daniel Frisch Street, Tel Aviv, here.
Please also note the next event in this series: Yuli Edelstein, Likud, speaker of the Knesset, on March 17, at Ichud Olam, 86 Ben Yehuda Street, Tel Aviv. Register for Edelstein here.
About our partners:
Tel Aviv International Salon
The Tel Aviv International Salon is the largest speakers forum in Israel. Our nonprofit organization was established in 2009 to provide a challenging, thought-provoking and intellectual discussion nonpartisan platform for the young adult Tel Aviv International and Sabra community. There are an increasing number of motivated young professionals who are choosing to make Tel Aviv their home. The Salon provides this community a unique forum to learn about, debate and discuss Israeli, Jewish and world politics, history, media, economics, social, cultural and environmental issues with a diverse range of engaging international decision makers and the leading influencers on our society.
ELECTIONS NOTICE: The Salons are a politically unaffiliated, honest-broker organization and as such we do not support any candidate or political party. We are proud to have a long tradition of hosting the leading candidates from all sides of the political spectrum during local and national elections to speak, debate and discuss the important issues that our entire community cares about. And no matter whom you support, don’t forget to vote April 9!
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
KAS is a foundation closely associated with the CDU political party of Germany. As co-founder of the CDU and the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Konrad Adenauer’s name is synonymous with the democratic reconstruction of Germany, the firm alignment of foreign policy with the transatlantic community of values, the vision of a unified Europe and an orientation towards the social market economy. His intellectual heritage continues to serve as both our aim and our obligation today.