Yair Lapid (Hebrew: יאיר לפיד, born 5 November 1963 in Tel Aviv) is an Israeli politician of Yesh Atid ("There is a Future"). He was the Prime Minister of Israel from July 2022 to December 2022.
|14th Prime Minister of Israel|
1 July 2022 – 29 December 2022
|Preceded by||Naftali Bennett|
|Succeeded by||Benjamin Netanyahu|
|2nd Alternate Prime Minister of Israel|
13 June 2021 – 1 July 2022
|Prime Minister||Naftali Bennett|
|Preceded by||Benny Gantz|
|Succeeded by||Naftali Bennett|
|Leader of Yesh Atid|
|Assumed office |
1 May 2012
|Member of the Knesset|
|Assumed office |
5 February 2013
|2013–2014||Minister of Finance|
|2021–2022||Minister of Foreign Affairs|
|Faction represented in the Knesset|
|2019–2020||Blue and White|
|2020–2021, 2022–||Leader of the Opposition|
|Born||5 November 1963|
Tel Aviv, Israel
|Political party||Yesh Atid|
Lapid is the founder and party chair of Yesh Atid. He has been a Member of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset since 2013, and was Finance Minister in the Third Netanyahu Government from 2013 to 2014. From 17 May 2020 to 13 June 2021, he was the Leader of the Opposition.
In June 2021, he became the Alternate Prime Minister of Israel and Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Bennett-Lapid Government.
On 20 June 2022, then-Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced that he would call for a vote to dissolve the Knesset and that he would step down as prime minister shortly after the vote. Bennett resigned on 30 June 2022 and Lapid became prime minister on 1 July 2022.
During the 2022 Israeli legislative election on 1 November 2022, his Yesh Atid party gained 7 seats, but his coalition partners lost seats, and his government lost the majority in the Knesset. He was succeeded as Prime Minister of Israel by Benjamin Netanyahu on 29 December 2022, and became Leader of the Opposition again.
Previously Lapid worked as an actor, journalist, news anchor and television presenter. He has also written several books, including novels, children's books, a thriller and an autobiography. He was also a songwriter for numerous Israeli musicians. Some of the songs he wrote became hits which reached the top of the music charts in Israel.
Yair Lapid is the son of the late politician and journalist Tommy Lapid and playwright and novelist Shulamit Lapid.
- ↑ Estrin, Daniel (20 June 2022). "Israel's prime minister is stepping down, sparking a new round of elections". NPR. Retrieved 24 June 2022.