“The Jewish identity is in danger and you are the gatekeepers,” political newcomer Yair Lapid told audience members Tuesday at the Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative Movement in Atlanta. “Judaism shouldn’t be the jailhouse of ideas but a liberator of ideas; not a disintegrator of people but what brings people together,” he added.
Speaking on the same day that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Kadima Chairman Shaul Mofaz stunned Israelis with the surprise announcement that they had formed a unity government, Lapid had a hard time justifying his presence at the assembly, as audiences turned the discussion onto politics.
Lapid admitted it was “bad timing” and explained that while “people in America often feel neglected, the right people in Israel are listening to you.” When asked what he plans on doing now that the early elections have been called off, Lapid said, “To work hard. I see a huge opportunity.
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