The Other Big Israeli Election Story: The Other Yair

The Israeli election news that has captured the moment is the surprising success of Yair Lapid's new party, Yesh Atid (There's a Future), and the fact that it will now have the second-largest number of seats in the Knesset.  What may be more interesting in the long term is the story missed by reporters and pundits: the story of the other Yair.  Yair Shamir, the 67-year-old son of former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Shamir, will serve in the next Knesset and will stridently oppose pressure from the Obama administration. Both Yair Lapid and Yair Shamir will be entering the Knesset for the first time, and the similarities do not end there.  Both have accomplished much professionally outside  politics: Shamir as an executive in many top companies and Lapid as a TV journalist.  Lapid and Shamir are both secular.  Both men are loyal to the ideas of their fathers.  Both chose to enter politics through smaller parties.  Lapid built his own party, and...(Read Full Post)