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 Yosef Lapid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Yosef Tommy Lapid (in Hebrew יוסף טומי לפיד) is an Israeli politician.
Lapid was also one of the three hosts of Popolitica, a TV show on Channel 1 (The Public Broadcast Authority) which brought politicians to debate on actual affairs.
Ultimately, Lapid chose to back down so as not to topple the government and cause early elections which would have impeded Sharon's plan (supported by most Shinui voters) to withdraw Jewish settlements from the Gaza Strip.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Tommy_Lapid   (409 words)

 washingtonpost.com: Key Israeli Condemns Offensive In Gaza   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Lapid also confirmed during the interview that the army is considering destroying hundreds more houses to expand the security corridor between the camp and the Egyptian border to prevent the smuggling of weapons into Gaza.
Lapid is a former television talk show host and newcomer to politics who helped guide the Shinui party to a strong third-place finish in last year's parliamentary elections on a platform that placed the party squarely in the political middle on the peace process.
Lapid has been a strong supporter of Sharon's plan to withdraw troops and 7,500 Jewish settlers from Gaza, and he has grown increasingly impatient with the army's continuing presence there.
www.washingtonpost.com /ac2/wp-dyn/A49787-2004May23?language=printer   (637 words)

 Union for Reform Judaism - Remarks   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Tommy Lapid is Minister of Justice, Avram Poraz is Minister of the Interior, and three other Shinui Knesset members sit in the cabinet as well.
And they were drawn to Shinui because Lapid and Poraz and the rest refused to be politically correct; they refused to couch their concerns in obscure language so as not to offend and so as to keep their political options open.
Tommy Lapid is not the messiah and is not Moshe Rabbenu.
urj.org /yoffie/remarks/index.cfm   (1828 words)

 Maverick poised to play kingmaker
Lapid, a Holocaust survivor who was born in Yugoslavia and survived the Budapest ghetto scavenging for food, is trading on Shinui's relatively clean political reputation in a series of ads that tout his party's probity.
Lapid favors a far-reaching territorial agreement that would include dismantling Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza and giving Palestinians some form of autonomy in Jerusalem in return for relinquishing the right of return for refugees who fled or were made homeless in the 1948 war of independence.
Lapid's mother managed to smuggle him into Budapest, and the two spent the rest of the war scrambling for survival in the city's ghetto.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2003/01/21/MN102969.DTL&type=printable   (1242 words)

 The JPost Special - ELECTIONS 2003 : ISRAEL DECIDES
Shinui leader Yosef (Tommy) Lapid and Labor Party leader Amram Mitzna are scheduled to meet on Thursday, as Mitzna continued to insist that Labor won't join a national-unity government headed by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Lapid said Mitzna made a mistake in promising not to join a national-unity government under any circumstances, and instead should have set conditions for his participation.
Lapid also told Channel 1 that he would not rule out belonging to a coalition in which United Torah Judaism is a member, but does not sit in the cabinet.
info.jpost.com /C002/Supplements/Elections2003/ld_09_3001.html   (371 words)

 FORWARD : News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
JERUSALEM — Tommy Lapid, leader of Israel's militantly secular Shinui Party and bête noire of the Orthodox rabbinate, intends to use his newly won influence to advance the status of Reform and Conservative Judaism in the Jewish state.
Lapid, who has built a political career opposing the privileged status of Orthodoxy in Israeli society, is seen as a champion of secularism and has not been known to identify with non-Orthodox religious movements.
The changes advocated by Lapid would mean an end to such bread-and-butter ultra-Orthodox staples as subsidies for large families, subsidies for yeshiva students and draft exemptions for those engaged in religious study.
www.forward.com /issues/2003/03.02.07/news7.html   (1122 words)

 In Context: Getting it
Yosef "Tommy" Lapid is the leader of Israel's Shinui party, which won an impressive 15 seats in the new Israeli Knesset last week.
Lapid and his party are somewhat controversial due to their avowedly secular slant and their well publicized antipathy toward the influence of Israel's religious sector on public law and policy.
But to start a "dialogue" in the demeaning manner that Tommy Lapid has done, as if he has no understanding of or interest in the most deeply cherished beliefs and traditions of Judaism is, in my opinion, nothing short of disgraceful.
incontext.blogmosis.com /archives/004788.html   (852 words)

 The Jerusalem Post | MAN OF THE YEAR
WHEN LAPID first entered the Knesset in 1996, it was in the aftermath of the tiny, economically conservative Shinui faction’s secession from the ultra-liberal Meretz Party.
That Lapid could conceivably attract votes was universally accepted, but the conventional wisdom was that he would merely help the party siphon off the kind of anti-religious electorate that had previously made political creations like Tsomet rise meteorically only to soon vanish like vapor.
LAPID’S HAWKISH pragmatism, which backs — for instance — targeted killings with no compunction and refuses to demonize the settlers, but at the same time is prepared to engage in massive territorial compromises, has generated an electoral bonanza in the form of 15 Knesset seats.
info.jpost.com /C003/Supplements/MOTY/art.05.html   (1225 words)

 Shinui -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
As such, Lapid asked and received the Ministries of (The quality of being just or fair) Justice and (Click link for more info and facts about Internal Affairs) Internal Affairs (the last was held formerly by (Click link for more info and facts about Shas) Shas).
Towards the 1999 elections, he abdicated in favour of flamboyant TV celebrity (Click link for more info and facts about Yossef 'Tommy' Lapid) Yossef 'Tommy' Lapid, who was known for his fierce rhetoric against religious coercion.
Lapid also hoped that the UTJ would be the side to turn down and scuttle the negotiations.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/s/sh/shinui.htm   (1211 words)

 The Jewish Journal Of Greater Los Angeles
Tommy Lapid’s secularist party is on its way to be the biggest alternative to Likud and Labor.
Tommy Lapid, who has made a second career hammering the ultra-Orthodox, says he didn’t go into Israeli politics in order to become a government minister.
Lapid was born into a prosperous Jewish family in the Serbian city of Novi Sad.
www.jewishjournal.com /home/print.php?id=9981   (879 words)

 NPR : Profile : Campaign of Shinui Party Leader Tommy Lapid
Shinui is led by a plain-speaking former journalist named Tommy Lapid who has based his campaign primarily on opposition to the political power of Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jews.
On Tommy Lapid's desk is a puppet dressed in a long fl cloak and hat, and with the dangling earlocks worn by the ultra-Orthodox.
Lapid became popular in Israel for his appearances on a television talk show called "Popolitika." In a program somewhere between "Crossfire" and "Jerry Springer," Lapid made his mark by yelling louder and being more insulting than his fellow panelists.
www.npr.org /programs/morning/transcripts/2003/jan/030109.gradstein.html   (817 words)

 Archives: Story
Yosef ``Tommy" Lapid, Israel's justice minister, stood at the podium discussing the recommendations of a committee he chaired on implementing recommendations of the Or Commission, which examined the October 2000 riots in which police killed 13 Israeli Arabs.
Touma-Suleiman said she was disappointed with the work of Lapid's ministerial committee, since most of its members were from the right-wing Likud and National Religious parties and did not consult with Arab leaders during its work, she said.
Lapid's committee also revived the idea of mandating some sort of national service for young Israeli Arabs; rather than doing military service like their Jewish counterparts -- which might put them into conflict with other Arabs -- they would be able to volunteer in their own communities.
www.clevelandjewishnews.com /articles/2004/06/30/news/israel/eequal0630.txt   (951 words)

 Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Tommy Lapid is a very pugnacious, very coarse, very publicly angry sort who is, by trade, a journalist.
The other appeal of Tommy Lapid is that Shinui describes itself very clearly as a party that will serve the interests of the middle class, and they speak in almost blatantly racist terms about Arabs, both Palestinians within the Occupied Territories as well as Israeli citizens, and with a great deal of hatred.
Whatever target there is out there that one can find, Tommy Lapid is busy being very angry with them, and he has a very pugnacious manner and apparently seems to entertain people, because that was what he was doing before he went into politics--entertaining people with his angry tirades.
www.btvshalom.org /resources/20030126.shtml   (5780 words)

 Arutz Sheva - Israel National News
Justice Minister Yosef (Tommy) Lapid issued a warning to rabbis who express their opinion that uprooting Jews is a violation of Jewish law - they may face criminal charges.
Lapid said that if anything else (such as religion or Torah law) is put on a higher level than the "sanctity of the law" of the State, then a civil war becomes more likely.
In response to the speech by Minister Lapid, the Forum for the Land of Israel released a statement saying: "His statements are reminiscent of fascist anti-Semitic regimes that charged rabbis for teaching Torah and the commandments....
www.israelnn.com /news.php3?id=70778   (406 words)

 lapid2   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Tommy and his mother, Katarina, fled to Budapest, where they narrowly survived the war under the protection of the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg.
Tommy (no one calls him by his Hebrew name, Yosef) Lapid is short, squat and puckish, with white, thinning hair.
Lapid has his shopping list: military service for all; a provision for civil marriage; public transport on Shabbat; repeal of inflated allowances for bigger (mostly religious) families; recognition of Reform and Conservative Judaism; abolition of the Religious Affairs Ministry.
www.jfjfp.org /lapid2.htm   (1280 words)

 JUF News and Public Affairs
Lapid has turned into a spokesman for al-Jazeera, sneered Avigdor Lieberman of the National Union party, a vehement opponent of the Gaza disengagement plan, who was Israel’s transportation minister until he was sacked by Sharon in early June.
Lapid, for his part, has been sharply critical of Lieberman’s plan to transfer 90 percent of Israel’s Arab citizens to any Palestinian state that might arise, comparing Lieberman to European extremist politicians Jorg Haider and Jean-Marie Le Pen.
It was easy for Lapid’s political rivals on the right to smother his critique of Israel’s policies with righteous charges that he had sullied Israel’s good name.
www.juf.org /news_public_affairs/article.asp?key=5205   (794 words)

 Who’s afraid of Tommy?; Who should be afraid? - Jewish Media Resources
One need not be a hater of Jews to be moved by Tommy Lapid’s "issues" — the yoke of supporting large chareidi families and the refusal of chareidim to share in any formalized national service.
But Lapid goes far beyond his issues; he seeks to arouse a visceral hatred of chareidim, and delights in expressing his contempt for every aspect of Jewish tradition.
Lapid is "cool." And that reflects the degree to which our young are cut off from any sense of themselves as Jews.
www.jewishmediaresources.com /article/552   (1313 words)

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Lapid, the 70-year-old former vox populi of the talk shows, has used resentment against the haredim - and his own matchless ability to articulate it - to instill 'class consciousness' in the secular, non-ideological, Ashkenazi bourgeoisie.
Tommy Lapid spares 20 minutes to talk about his political views on 'the situation' - not what he would like to do if and when the fighting calms down, but what he thinks of what Israel is doing here and now, in the midst of this persistent war.
Lapid also says Sharon is 'absolutely correct' in refusing to talk to Yasser Arafat, saying the intelligence coming to the Knesset Defense and Foreign Affairs committee shows conclusively that the Palestinian leader 'torpedoes every attempt to reach a [cease-fire] agreement, and that he actively contributes to the operation of terror.'
www.shinui.org.il /elections/eng/art_revolt-bourgeoisie.html   (1823 words)

 The Security-Fence - If there is no fence, there is terror
Lapid: There was a lively discussion in the government on this subject.
Lapid: The best case would be that the court says it has no jurisdiction on such a political subject.
Yosef (Tommy) Lapid is deputy prime minister and minister of justice in the government of Israel and head of the Shinui Party.
friedensbewegung.zionismus.info /terror/fence-i2.htm   (469 words)

 Poker.Net - Tommy's Poker Game   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Within four years, Lapid has rerouted the Israeli agenda twice: He led the secular attack on the mounting power of the ultra-Orthodox, and he led the uprising of the upper middle class against the enemies of the free market.
As a politician, Lapid has proven that he has incredibly fine feelers, allowing him to zero in on the hidden sentiments of millions of Israelis.
Within a relatively short time, Lapid has turned the state of the Jews into a much less clerical, much less socialist and much less backward country than it was in the 1980s and 1990s.
www.poker.net /headlines/news/tommyspokergame.htm   (379 words)

 JTA NEWS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Unless Lapid joins Sharon’s next coalition, he is unlikely to win Knesset approval for any of his proposed reforms, such as the military recruitment of fervently Orthodox yeshiva students, legalization of civil marriage and divorce and public transportation on the Sabbath.
Lapid “goes far beyond his issues; he seeks to arouse a hatred of” fervently Orthodox Jews, or haredim, “and delights in expressing his contempt for Jewish tradition,” Rosenblum wrote.
Lapid was able to paint a convincing picture of an imminent secular revolution in Israel: An all-secular coalition could draft yeshiva students alongside secular Israelis, he argued.
www.jta.org /story.asp?id=030129-lesl   (1240 words)

 Arutz 7   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Shinui Party leader Tommy Lapid veered sharply to the side this morning when he expressed willingness to sit in a coalition with United Torah Judaism, though not with Shas.
Lapid has spent his political career bashing both hareidi parties, the UTJ and Shas.
In general, we won't be with Lapid if he thinks for a moment that he will change the status quo...
www.israelnationalnews.com /print.php3?what=news&id=38352   (374 words)

 Yosef (Tomy) Lapid
Yosef Lapid was born in Yugoslavia in 1931 and immigrated to Israel in 1948.
He served as a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense and the Constitution, Law and Justice Committees, as well as on the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee for the Location and Restitution of Property of Holocaust Victims and the Special Committee for Discussion of the Security Service Law.
In February 2003, Yosef Lapid was appointed Minister of Justice, and Deputy Prime Minister.
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org /jsource/biography/lapid.html   (142 words)

 CNN.com - Lapid: The surprise ticket - Jan. 27, 2003
Lapid is looking to push his party to an influential third in the elections
On the one side are the ultra-Orthodox who want a religious state and whose power is steadily growing, while on the other is the secular Israel, which wants to roll back religious legislation, and advocates a separation of synagogue and state.
Lapid says only national consensus in Israel can lead to peace with the Palestinians in which he would dismantle many settlements and annex those along the border, recognize a Palestinian state and give them autonomy over their parts of Jerusalem.
cnn.com /2003/WORLD/meast/01/27/israel.election.lapid   (517 words)

 INTERNATIONAL PRESS CENTER-PALESTINE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The Israeli Justice Minister, Yosef "Tommy" Lapid, from Shinui Party, had presented a compromise solution, in which he aimed to mediate the argument between Sharon and Netanyahu.
Lapid informed the Israeli radio of his solution, in which the cabinet would vote in principle for the dismantling of three settlements from Gaza, "taking into consideration" the original plan of Sharon.
"Lapid should have performed his task in the government as a politician not as a secondary contractor for the Likud's center," Sarid remarked.
www.ipc.gov.ps /ipc_e/ipc_e-1/e_News/news2004/2004_05/197.html   (752 words)

 The Scotsman - Top Stories - Outsiders gain from Sharon funds scandal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Tommy Lapid’s message of clean politics, tax cuts and curbs on the influence of religious parties is seeing him and his Shinui party emerge as a new political force that could hold the balance of power in the Knesset.
Significantly, Mr Lapid, a former journalist who is almost unknown outside Israel, has struck a middle ground on the Palestinian issue, calling for the evacuation of far-flung Jewish settlements in the West Bank during peace arrangements, yet rejecting renewed talks with Palestinian Authority leader Yasser Arafat or unilateral withdrawals.
Mr Lapid, after asking a crowd of Russian immigrants in Ra’anana if they understood his Hebrew, made a campaign pitch in which he did not mention the Palestinians at all.
thescotsman.scotsman.com /index.cfm?id=25492003   (923 words)

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