Yair Lapid

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Yair Lapid
יאיר לפיד
Official portrait, 2022
Leader of the Opposition
Assumed office
2 January 2023[1]
Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu
Preceded byBenjamin Netanyahu
In office
17 May 2020 – 6 April 2021
Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu
Preceded byShelly Yachimovich (2019)
Succeeded byBenjamin Netanyahu
14th Prime Minister of Israel
In office
1 July 2022 (2022-07-01) – 29 December 2022 (2022-12-29)
PresidentIsaac Herzog
AlternateNaftali Bennett
Preceded byNaftali Bennett
Succeeded byBenjamin Netanyahu
2nd Alternate Prime Minister of Israel
In office
13 June 2021 (2021-06-13) – 30 June 2022
Prime MinisterNaftali Bennett
Preceded byBenny Gantz
Succeeded byNaftali Bennett
Leader of Yesh Atid
Assumed office
1 May 2012 (2012-05-01)
Preceded byPosition established
Member of the Knesset
Assumed office
5 February 2013 (2013-02-05)
Ministerial roles
2013–2014Minister of Finance
2021–2022Minister of Foreign Affairs
Faction represented in the Knesset
2013–2019Yesh Atid
2019–2020Blue and White
2020–Yesh Atid
Personal details
Born (1963-11-05) 5 November 1963 (age 60)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Political partyYesh Atid
Spouse(s)Lihi Lapid
ParentsTommy Lapid
Shulamit Lapid
  • Politician
  • journalist

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. He has been the Leader of the Opposition since 2023, serving in this position before from 2020 to 2021.

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.[2]

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.

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  1. "Leader of the Opposition". Knesset. Retrieved 13 January 2023.
  2. Estrin, Daniel (20 June 2022). "Israel's prime minister is stepping down, sparking a new round of elections". NPR. Retrieved 24 June 2022.

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