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There won’t be another opportunity     Mickey Gitzin
1. After reading this I think,maybe we should've accepted Jesus
as our "Savior", 'cause this dude sure ain't it!
tom ,   tel aviv   (02.21.13)
2. I don't understand
So homosexuals aren't people? I don't understand the point of an article like THIS to appear on Ynet English site.
Moshe ,   Ramat Gan, Israel   (02.21.13)
3. Rarely read such incredible nonsense!
With the hnext elections, if Bibi does not give in, Lapid will be in put in charge by Peres with forming a government. He and Bennet are the ones who so far stood to their promises and did not betray their voters like this abominable woman did!
Mira ,   Vienna   (02.21.13)
4. Yair, I hope you see this
You either go into coalition on YOUR terms, because that's why we voted for you, or you force new elections with you and Bennet running on the same ticket. NO COMPROMISES, NO SELLING YOURSELF SHORT.
Sagi   (02.21.13)
5. Odd article- Should Lapid be in the opposition?
Mickey Gitzin gives no recommendation.. did he forget? It's a kind of half strung together article over a cappuccino and not worthy of publication :-(
Michael Redbourn ,   Arad Israel   (02.21.13)
6. 3 & 4
Mira Bennet is the only one so far who has betrayed the people who voted for him. SHELLY stood strong and has refused to join a coalition as she promised to do, it also probably one of the reasons people lost faith in Labor and more people went with Lapid. LIVNI was all peace process because she didn't have anything else to offer. LAPID was anti religion and going for popularist policies like a haredi draft ( which the IDF do not want ). BENNET was supposed to be a right wing man, he even praised Bibi during the election campaign. Now he has been elected his loyalties are to an anti religion centre leftist which is not what the kind of people who voted for him expected or wanted so he has betrayed them. Sagi If it comes to new elections the people who even bother to come out to vote may well ditch Lapid & Bennet and because they have kept such a low profile Lapid supporters will go with a Labor & Bennet's people who are traditional Likud supporters will return home.
zionist forever   (02.21.13)
7. #2 Learn to read.
Article reminds Lapid to stay true to his promises. To defend and move forward the rights of the majority and the minorities like homosexuals. The article reminds all of us they're humans, as are the seculars and the reformists.
Avi   (02.21.13)
8. #2 - No you don't understand ..
"So homosexuals aren't people?". Did the article mention 'homosexuals not being people? Seems like you're being a little 'anal' about this. Keep trying though, and you'll most likely get to the bottom of things!
Michael Redbourn ,   Arad Israel   (02.21.13)
9. 1
Lapid our saviour just doesn't seem to have the same ring to it as Jesus our saviour. Jesus died to save us all Lapid had a party and announced he was going to be the PM within 18 months. Its Pessach next month maybe Lapid will part the water of the Red Sea and drown all the religious and make Lapid land a religion free paradise.
zionist forever   (02.21.13)
10. #4 - and for your next dream .. are you under age 25?
It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first. Ronald Reagan You're either under age 25 or a very slow learner.
Michael Redbourn ,   Arad - Israel   (02.21.13)
11. Survival of Israel
The Survival of Israel Rests On its Military Deterrant Strength And Unity .These Ultimatums are Bizzare.The Future is Difficult to Predict Here and THere .Unity Allies That Are with Us The Congress Supports Israel Russia is Nostalgic about WW2 It's Magnificent Sacrifices and Pummeling Of Nazism Cannot be Taken Away so There are Positives.
Zechariah   (02.21.13)
12. Lapid's party is the new Shinnui.
Lapid's party is based solely on his personal celebrity. It is a here today gone tomorrow party. Now let's get on with the serious business of destroying Iran's nukes and adopting policies to compensate "Palestinian" to leave our land forever.
Chaim ,   Israel   (02.21.13)
13. I'm afraid he is drunk with power.
If he misses this opportunity to get into government and make important changes, he will soon see his popularity disappear.
(02.21.13)
14. is it Yair Bennet or Bennet Lapid talking?
Lapid has kept his mouth shut pretty much since his announcement he could be the PM within 18 months. The only trouble maker here is the religious right winger Bennet whose allied himself with the anti religion centre leftist Lapid. Bibi doesn't trust Lapid not to stab him in the back whilst in government so he doesn't want him and Bennet is saying we are part of a package so either we are both in the coalition100% on our terms or we are both out and you won't be able to form a coalition and your only option will to hold an election and l am not afraid to sit in coalition. The two men are starting to sound more and more like each other everyday and it wouldn't surprise me if he eventually joined the Lapid party. For shelly the smart thing to do is keep a low profile that way if it comes to an election she can go after Lapid votes because she has kept out this fiasco that has resulted in another billion shekel election.
zionist forever   (02.21.13)
15. To Moshe
homosexuals may be people,but not according to the our LORD GOD. How can you justify the fact they cannot produce children. As God did not create adam & adam, but Adam & Eve. I hope you take note.
Daniel K ,   UK   (02.21.13)
16. To Mira
Two words: bovine scatology
Daniel K ,   UK   (02.21.13)
17. Lapid(to zionist foereer
Lapid's followers are just young girls who admire his looks. imagine the innocent mentality of some of our youngsters who would vote in a man just because his good looks. besides Lapid has neither experience nor the ability to become PM which he is hungering for) His aim is to try ans stab BB in the back while trying to be complimentary toward him. I would never trust Yair for one minute. He was the one who approved of disengement from Gaza. Cynical,hypocritical,desperate for power sums what Yair is all about. He has not even taken part in the IDF with the exception as a writer here & other media.
KK ,   Israel/UK   (02.21.13)
18. What's a billion shekels
when compared to the damage that a paranoid buffoon like Netanyahu has caused to the country in the past and will continue to cause if he forms yet another government with Shas and other Haredi parties along side Livni and Mofaz. Small change
Big Al ,   Zichron   (02.21.13)
19. Sagi, you are so correct. No compromises, no batih.
Michael ,   California, USA   (02.21.13)
20. Lapid, enter the opposton not the coalition.
Nora Tel Aviv   (02.21.13)
21. Writer is a Meretz Hack
The writer is a Meretz Hack who is trying to pretend Yesh Atid is Meretz. Yesh Atid did no run to promote gay marriage which 90% of Israelis oppose as disgusting and immoral. Indeed its an issue where Israeli Arabs unite in disgust and revulsion to this perversion. They ran on one issue which is equalizing the burden. Thats why they have 19 seats and the writers party Meretz has 6
Mordechai   (02.22.13)
22. The letter to Lapid
Good strong arguments. I hope, also, that he would fulfill l his promises. Certainly liberation from old dogmas, would benefit all those living in the area. Fouad
Fouad Abdel Nour ,   Palestine- Berlin   (02.22.13)
23. The next Prime Minister?
Without taking sides on the issues of love and marriage, I think Yair Lapid did himself a great disservice by announcing he wanted to be the next PM even before being sworn into office as an MK. Until he's held a few major portfolios, he shouldn't be nominating himself!
Joseph ,   London England   (02.22.13)
24. I Did not Vote For Lapid
Lapid Does not represent me or most people I know. I believe in some of the reforms he campaigned for, but lets not blow things out of proportion. Tommy Lapid had a party once too, what was that party called?
Chaim Ben Kahan ,   Efrat, Israel   (02.22.13)
25. Lapid MUST stand by his principles
The Future of the State of Israel. February 2013. ALREADY Israeli society has been torn apart because of those shirkers - who use the TORAH as an excuse not to serve in the army BUT don't study AND work for money undercover (cash only & no tax deducted). If it goes on much longer then the youth of what is still mainstream Israeli society will protest and then they too will refuse to serve. Then the army will become depleted and the State will be in danger because of lack of manpower to guard the borders. I got an SMS text message from Yair Lapid promising to stand by his principles and not to join any government that does not recruit all those fit for service. He has on his shoulders great responsibility. If he weakens, then his party will disappear - and with it the Israeli society that many citizens like myself know and love. For us the future of the State of Israel is becoming a concern.
Nahum Froumin ,   R HaSharon Israel   (02.24.13)
26. Yair
Excellent article,the writer should also remind Yair Lapid of the existing real-estate bubble and the high cost of living in this country.
Miron ,   israel   (02.25.13)
27. game, competition or nation?
If we keep seeing Israel society as fragmented as it is, left, right, religious, secular, center, winner, betrayer and so on, the article and most of the comments are right. Then Israel is truly just like any other "free and democratic" western nation, where individuals, party politics, self centered importance of different interest groups are more important than the whole nation itself. We can see very clearly in the US, all over Europe and other places where it leads. But Israel is not like "any other nation" for many reasons. Most importantly Israel only has a future, the "right to exists" in its fragile and volatile surroundings if it can show that the Jews truly have a single, united Nation based on very distinct core values, on an unparalleled mutual guarantee. If first of all the public, the people of the street started looking at things, their life from this angle, all the present childish games, political business would become irrelevant, and the present or future leaders following suit, leading to true changes.
Zsolt ,   WanganuiNZ   (02.27.13)
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