Yesh Atid was founded in 2012 by the Chairperson of the party, Yair Lapid.
The party was founded to represent Israel's middle class which serves in the army, worksandpays tax but still ends each month in debt.
The central idea of Yesh Atid is to change the national priorities of the State of Israel, to fight against political corruption, sharing the national burden equally, rights and responsibilities for the citizens of Israel, bringing down the cost of living, increasing the number of people in the work force, putting education at the forefront, caring for the weakest in society, curing the healthcare system, reducing bureaucracy and bringing about a diplomatic agreement.
In the elections to the 19th Knesset in 2013, Yesh Atid was the surprise of the elections when we received the support of 543,458 voters and became the second largest party in the Knesset with 19 seats.
Yesh Atid was a member of Israel’s 33rd government. The ministers were Yair Lapid – Finance Minister and Chairperson of the Housing Committee, Shai Piron – Education Minister, Yael German – Health Minister, Meir Cohen – Welfare Minister, Yaakov Perry – Science, Technology and Space Minister and Chairperson of the Special Ministerial Committee for National Equal Burden.
During the 19th Knesset Yesh Atid put took a long list of steps intended to change the national priorities in the country including the National Equal Burden Law which regulates enlistment for secular and ultra-orthodox alike, as well as the rights and responsibilities which stem from compulsory service and encourages the ultra-orthodox population to join the work force. The agreement which was reached ensured that, for the first time, there was one law for everyone which ensures the ultra-orthodox population is also committed to national service.
A significant structural change was the reform in the system of government which reduces, by law, the size of the overblown governments, prohibited the appointment of Ministers without Portfolio and increased the electoral threshold. Yesh Atid put together the first national program for assistance to Holocaust survivors in Israel, A program in which a billion NIS a year were invested and ensured free medication to survivors, increased the benefits and grants to which survivors are entitled and reduced the complex bureaucracy with which they survivors had to contend.
At the beginning of December 2014, Yair Lapid was fired from his post as Finance Minister because the Prime Minister refused to support the 2015 budget which Lapid has built, a social budget with an extra 10 billion NIS to social services including education, healthcare, welfare and internal security without increasing taxes. That led to the collapse of the government, the dissolution of the Knesset and the upcoming elections.
About Yair Lapid
Chairperson of Yesh Atid
Formerly the Minister of Finance of the State of Israel and Member of the Security Cabinet
Yair Lapid was born in Israel in 1963, is married to Lihi and is the father of Yoav, Lior and Yael.
Son of the late Yosef ‘Tommy’ Lapid , a journalist who served as Chief Executive of the Israel Broadcasting Authority, Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Minister and Shulamit Lapid, an author and former Chair of the Israeli Authors Association.
Brother of Michal (of blessed memory) and Meirav
What do we believe in?
We believe in Israel as a Jewish and democratic state in the spirit of the prophets of Israel.
We believe in our right to live in a country with a Jewish majority, within secure borders.
We believe that every person in Israel is entitled to their basic rights without discrimination by race, religion, gender or sexual orientation and to safeguard the rights of minorities.