Yesh Atid was founded in 2012 by Yair Lapid to change the national priorities of the State of Israel and help move the country forward. The central goals of the party are to fight against political corruption, advocate for the sharing of the national burden, support the rights and responsibilities of all Israeli citizens, to bring down the cost of living, increase the number of people in the work force, put education at the forefront of the national agenda, care for the most underprivileged in our society, fix our healthcare system, reduce bureaucracy, and bring about a diplomatic agreement between Israel and the Arab world.
Yesh Atid was the surprise of the 2013 elections for the 19th Knesset, becoming the second largest party in the Knesset with 19 seats.
Yesh Atid joined Israel’s 33rd government. Yair Lapid, the Chairperson of Yesh Atid, served as Minister of Finance and served in the Israel Security Cabinet. Yesh Atid Knesset Members also served as Education Minister (Rabbi Shai Piron), Health Minister (Yael German), Welfare Minister (Meir Cohen); and Science, Technology and Space Minister (Yaakov Perry).
During the 19th Knesset Yesh Atid passed the National Equal Burden Law which regulates enlistment into the IDF, alongside a series of measures to encourage the ultra-Orthodox population to join the work force. The legislation ensured that, for the first time, the ultra-Orthodox population would be equally obligated to complete national service.
Additionally, our party introduced significant reforms including reducing Israel's oversized government, ending the corrupt and wasteful role of Minister without Portfolio, and increasing the electoral threshold to reduce the disproportionate influence of small parties over the government. In addition, Yesh Atid created the first national program for assistance to Holocaust survivors in Israel, investing one billion shekels to guarantee free medication to survivors, increase benefits and grants to which survivors are entitled, and reduce the complex bureaucracy with which the survivors had to contend. It was a moral decision to ensure that those who had suffered through the horrors of the Holocaust were properly cared for by the Jewish state.
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 included an extra 10 billion shekels 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 2015 elections.
In the 2015 elections Yesh Atid came back as the largest centrist party with 11 seats and chose to serve in the opposition where our Knesset members play an important role across the Knesset Committees to hold the government accountable and to look out for the public interest.
Yesh Atid has presented the Seven Point Plan for the future of Israel which lays out our plan for government including rebuilding our strategic alliances, taking the diplomatic initiative, fighting corruption, strengthening law enforcement, placing education at the core of our national priorities, finding solutions to core questions of religion and state, and more.
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.