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Yair's torch     Emanuel Rosen
1. "Public relations stunt" as oxymoronic as "Haredi Torah"
Thinking Jew ,   Israel   (01.24.13)
2. Israelis have had it with PR stunts? ???
If anything, it shows just the opposite...
Zvi ,   Tekoa, Israel   (01.24.13)
3. Proof israeli voter almost as stupid as American voters.
Bunnie Meyer ,   Los Angeles   (01.24.13)
4. Its all about PR otherwise this dimlight would never have
been considered. Israelis is general know nothing about true domocracy and political responsibility. Your political system is dysfunctional and quite frankly a joke. Yes the joke is on the political electorate who are made to suffer day in day because of government and bureaucratic abuse.
Al   (01.24.13)
5. #2,3: Oy Vey, HOW RIGHT you are!
tom ,   tel aviv   (01.24.13)
6. Speaking from one's person's perspective,
I, too, had it with Bibi and his constant manipulations. He brought Barak in to do the dirty work in Yehuda and Shomrun while casting Moshe Feiglin out of his deserved place in the ticket. He had the Levy Commision complete a report but failed to implement it. He failed to change direction regarding the Tal Law. He brought in Kadima at the end of his government but did not use the added power he had at his disposal and this was seen, by me, as another trick. So, too, was his joining up with Yisrael Beiteinu. I used to say Bibi was a "snake" but he is "our snake". Now, I've had it. I voted and advocated for HaBayit HaYehudi in hopes of putting into power a man and a team with vision, non-corrupt and reasonably transparent. Let's see if any of the younger generation of leaders fit that description.
Robert Haymond ,   Israel-Gush Etzion   (01.24.13)
7. #6, sure: he hid all his radicals during the campaign, and
focussed on Ayelet Shaked, photogenic and secular. That was his spin.
Leftist Lenny ,   Carmiel, Israel   (01.24.13)
8. yair lapid
Ynet just love lapid. He used to feature frequently in ynet with his opinion pieces and now ynet are always trying to advance his cause. This is not unbiased journalism!
Moshe   (01.24.13)
9. #7 Lenin from Carmiel: I agree
I agree, all the parties hid everyone exceot their leader from public view, a scary phenomenon. I agree that Labor and Lapid hid their radicals, but I looked at the Bayit Yehudi list and did not see any radicals. Who exactly do you mean?
israel israeli ,   tel aviv   (01.24.13)
10. A country tired of PR stunts elects a News Reporter...
Because there is nothing PR based on TV
Tom ,   USA   (01.24.13)
11. Leftist Lenny
Actually, you're simply mistaken. Jeremy Gimpel from Neve Daniel took much of the heat and, next to Naftali Bennett, was the single most prominent member of the list (in terms of publicity) during the election. While I accept, if not appreciate, your Leftist calling, you would do yourself and your affiliations a world of good, Lenny, were you to report accurately. Misleading propaganda is what we get, and expect, from Maan and all their Arab supporters in the Westbank and Gaza.
Robert Haymond ,   Israel-Gush Etzion   (01.24.13)
12. Yair Lapid IS a PR stunt.
Yair Lapid is a PR stunt. He has absolutely no qualifications for any political leadership position in Israel. He has no platform except rehashing the same old disastrous leftist policies that always result in massive numbers of maimed and murdered Israelis.
Chaim ,   Israel   (01.24.13)
13. Spinning + zigzagging did them in !
Barbara ,   Haifa Israel   (01.24.13)
14. oh, i get it... Torch is 'Lapid' in hebrew.
15. Which planet are you on #12?
Funny, but it was mostly right wing governments getting the intifadas. And it's getting so-o-o boring, all this tripe about "qualifications" for political leadership, the mocking of the journalism. CHURCHILL, one of the greatest leaders of all time was reporter! Thatcher was a chemist, Reagan an actor, for heaven's sake. If Lapid succeeds, good. If he doesn't, well, HE's not the P.M. is he? Get a life!
Geepee ,   Tel Aviv   (01.24.13)
16. I hope he is the ONE
A new vision needs to be brought before the State of Israel. For the sake of Israel and the Jewish people.
StevieT ,   USA   (01.24.13)
17. "new breed of politician" is an oxymoron
18. I´m not sure Lapid is a torch.
Please,read my comments at,7340,L-4336787,00.html
Keren ,   IL-BR   (01.24.13)
19. Not so sure that this knesset will be so short-lived
If Bibi, Lapid and Bennett can get their act together, overcome pettiness & really do something then perhaps this Knesset will last longer than the 2 years which Rosen predicts and be stable. The truth is that Bibi erred in not campaigning hard enough & in joining with Lieberman. Lapid & Bennett worked harder, hence, their results. But I think that the Left's wish for new elections soon may not necessarily materialize.
rivkah f. ,   Jerusalem   (01.24.13)
20. #15, Churchill was a reporter??
He was a soldier and held virtually all the top posts in the government before he became PM.
Danny   (01.24.13)
21. pioneers
I fully agree with the article. It is time Israel and Jews worldwide give up trying to assimilate, copy western, especially American politics and lifestyle. We were and still are supposed to be pioneers, showing the way as our forefathers did. It is time we picked up the torch again and by a positive example show everybody what building, uniting and serving a nation means, how to create such a unity where each and every member of the nation is responsible for each other again.
Zsolt ,   Wanganui,NZ   (01.25.13)
22. Yes, Churchill was a reporter
Churchill was a news reporter in South Africa during the Boer War in 1899-1902. His successful political career and great leadership during World War II came later.
rivkah f. ,   jerusalem   (01.25.13)
23. Will be good to see fresh faces, haven't we
had enough of the usual run of ministers etc., fresh blood, fresh thoughts for Israel of 2013. A look ahead instead of looking back all the time, our youngsters, a new generation of voters have spoken. Good luck to all, it wont be an easy job, and for those that folks say have no experience, well everyone starts from somewhere and there are always many advisors...just that they choose the right ones.
Arlene ,   Israel   (01.25.13)
24. Hasidim & Zahal
Now the elections are over and a few parties keep trumpeting about making all the Hasidim & Haredim be drafted,I have to ask how can you live your so far whole lives in Israel !and remain ignorant to the ways of the Hasidim etc,some things in life do not marry !! this is one of them,so get an education,and leave well enough alone;Your alike the Jews in Jerusalem when Titus was at the gates,destroying each other!!. Shalom ! well oulie !
Kevin J Lee ,   Barrhead/UK   (01.25.13)
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