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Yesh Atid (Hebrew: יֵשׁ עָתִיד, lit., "There Is a Future") is a centrist political party in Israel. It was founded by Yair Lapid in 2012, and seeks to represent what it considers the centre of Israeli society: the secular middle class.[8] It focuses primarily on civic, socio-economic, and governance issues,[9] including government reform and ending military draft exemptions for the ultra-Orthodox.[10][11]

Yesh Atid

יש עתיד
LeaderYair Lapid
FoundedJanuary 2012 (2012-01)
Economic liberalism[3][4]
Liberal Zionism[5]

Two-state solution[6][7]
Political positionCentre[3]
National affiliationBlue & White (2019–)
International affiliationNone
15 / 120
Most MKs19 (2013)
Election symbol

In 2013, Yesh Atid placed second in the general election, winning 19 seats in the 120-seat Knesset,[12] far more than polls had predicted it would win.[13] It then entered into a coalition led by Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud.

In the 2015 election, the party refused to back Netanyahu; after suffering a significant setback, losing seats, it joined the opposition.

On 21 February 2019, Yesh Atid announced that it was merging with the Israel Resilience Party in order to form a centrist alliance for the upcoming elections.[14] The united slate is called Blue and White.[15]



In January 2012, TV anchor Yair Lapid announced that he was leaving his journalism career in order to enter politics.[16]

In early 2010, speculation arose in the Israeli media concerning the possibility that Israeli journalist and television figure Yair Lapid, who at the time worked as a news anchor at Channel 2, would end his career in journalism and begin a career in Israeli politics. Initially, Lapid dismissed these reports.[17][18] The Knesset initiated legislation to lessen the influx of Israeli journalists running for a position by prohibiting them as candidates in the first year after they ended their journalism careers.[19]

Despite widespread interest in Lapid, he declined to be interviewed. He gained support through social networks, primarily his Facebook page. Among his official announcements, Lapid said he would not join Kadima or the Israeli Labor Party. In addition, Lapid announced that he would work to change the system of government, have all Israelis conscripted to serve time in the army, and would work to change the Israeli matriculation program.[20] In early January 2012, Lapid officially announced that he would quit journalism in order to enter politics, and that he would lead a new party.[16][21]

In April 2012, the proposed new party was reported to be named "Atid". Lapid said that the party would not have any members who were legislators or Members of Knesset (MKs). On 29 April, Lapid registered his party as "Yesh Atid", after the name "Atid" was rejected.[citation needed] On 1 May, the first party conference was held, in which Lapid revealed the "Lapid Program" ("תוכנית לפיד"): military service for all Israelis.[22] According to the party's rules, Lapid would determine the candidates who would run for a seat in the Knesset—for he would be the one to make the final decisions on political issues—and was guaranteed the position of chairman of the party during the terms of the 19th and 20th Knessets.[citation needed] The party was capped at raising 13.5 million shekels for the 2013 Israeli legislative election.[23]

Lapid has said his party is different from his late father's Shinui, in part because of its diversity and its inclusion of religious figures.[12][24][25] Despite this, analysts have found them somewhat similar.[26][27][28][29]

19th KnessetEdit

In the election held on 22 January 2013, Yesh Atid won the second-largest share of representation in the Knesset, with 19 seats.[30] The party was particularly strong in wealthy districts.[31] Yesh Atid's success was viewed as the largest surprise of the election, as pre-election polling gave the party only 11 seats. He joined Netanyahu's governing coalition. Although he focused mostly on domestic and economic concerns of social justice, he had criticized Netanyahu's foreign policy and said he would not sit in a government that was not serious about pursuing peace.[32][33]

Lapid endorsed Netanyahu for prime minister after the election, and on 15 March 2013, the party signed a coalition agreement with the ruling Likud party.

Almost one year after the election, a survey was published showing a continuing trend of decreasing popularity of the party, which would only achieve 10 seats in the Knesset, as opposed to the 19 party members who were elected, if elections were held at that time, and with 75% of those polled claiming to be disappointed by Lapid's performance.[34] The finance ministry post came with budgetary restrictions (cutting spending, raising taxes, and confronting the money demands of the defense ministry) that affected Lapid's popularity.[35]

20th KnessetEdit

Run-up to the 2015 electionEdit

Before the 2015 election, Lapid separately courted both Tzipi Livni (Hatnuah) and Moshe Kahlon (Kulanu) in an effort to form electoral alliances with their respective parties. Both efforts were unsuccessful: Livni formed an alliance with Labor, and Kahlon preferred to run alone.[36][37] On 8 February 2015, Yesh Atid MK Shai Piron said the party would prefer a coalition led by Isaac Herzog and Livni than one by Netanyahu.[38]

Lapid's criticism while campaigning was mostly of Netanyahu and his Likud party.[35][38] His campaign continued to emphasize the economy over national security,[39] although he has somewhat departed from his previous almost-exclusive focus on domestic policy and become more vocal, and left-leaning, on the peace process.[40] The party focused on middle-class needs and in this respect was very similar to Kahlon's new Kulanu party.[41] However, Lapid's main electoral base is the European-oriented upper-middle class,[42][43] whereas Kahlon targeted the lower-middle class.[44][45] While both Yesh Atid and Kulanu are positioned as centrist parties,[46] Yesh Atid is almost universally considered to be aligned with the left-leaning political bloc,[47][48][49][50] and Kulanu, sometimes considered right-leaning,[51][52] is a "swing" party not aligned with any bloc.[53]


Yesh Atid won 11 seats in the 20th Knesset, making it the fourth-largest faction. However, it increased in popularity throughout 2017 and the first months of 2018, rivalling Likud as the biggest party in opinion polls. After the Haredim received favorable draft concessions in a negotiated deal among the government coalition, Yair Lapid denounced the arrangements as an "insult to the IDF" and a "fraud".[54]

Party list for the 2019 electionEdit

The following is the candidate list for the 2019 election.[55]

  1. Yair Lapid
  2. Meir Cohen
  3. Ofer Shelah
  4. Orna Barbivai
  5. Yael German
  6. Karine Elharrar
  7. Yoel Razvozov
  8. Mickey Levy
  9. Elazar Stern
  10. Pnina Tamano Shata
  11. Ram Ben Barak
  12. Yoav Segalovitz
  13. Boaz Toporovsky
  14. Idan Roll
  15. Yorai Lahav Hertzanu
  16. Aliza Lavie
  17. Tehila Friedman-Nachalon
  18. Moshe (Kinley) Tur Paz
  19. Zehorit Sorek
  20. Anat Knafo


In the application submitted to the party registrar, Lapid listed the party's eight goals. According to this statement, these include:[6][7]

  1. Changing the priorities in Israel, with an emphasis on civil life – education, housing, health, transport, and policing, as well as improving the condition of the middle class.
  2. Changing the system of government.
  3. Equality in education and the draft—all Israeli school students must be taught essential classes, all Israelis will be drafted into the Army, and all Israeli citizens will be encouraged to seek work, including the ultra-Orthodox sector and the Arab sector.
  4. Fighting political corruption, including corruption in government in the form of institutions like "Minister without portfolio", opting for a government of 18 ministers at most, fortifying the rule of law, and protecting the status of the High Court of Justice.
  5. Growth and economic efficiency—creating growth engines as a way of fighting poverty, combating red tape, removing barriers, improving the transportation system, reducing the cost of living and housing costs, and improving social mobility through assistance to small businesses.
  6. Legislation of Education Law in cooperation with teachers' unions, eliminating most of the matriculation exams, raising the differential education index, and increasing school autonomy.
  7. Enacting a constitution to regulate tense relations between population groups in Israel.
  8. Striving for peace according to an outline of "two states for two peoples", while maintaining the large Israeli settlement blocs and ensuring the safety of Israel.

Other positionsEdit

Yesh Atid is also in favor of


Leader Took office Left office
  Yair Lapid 2012 Incumbent

Election resultsEdit

Election year Coalition Party Leader # of overall votes % of overall vote # of overall seats
+/- Government
2013 N/A Yair Lapid 543,458 14.33 (#2)
19 / 120
  19 Coalition
2015 N/A Yair Lapid 371,602 8.81 (#4)
11 / 120
  8 Opposition
April 2019 Blue and White Yair Lapid and Benny Gantz 1,125,667 26.13 (#2)
15 / 120
  4 Snap election
September 2019 Blue and White Yair Lapid and Benny Gantz TBD TBD
0 / 120

See alsoEdit


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External linksEdit

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