Yesh Atid


 

Yesh Atid

Yesh Atid

Founded in 2012

Yesh Atid (literally: "There is a Future") is a center party that was established before the elections for the 19th Knesset by Israeli journalist and media personality Yair Lapid. The party was the surprise of the election: it managed to win 19 seats, positioning it as the second largest political faction in the Knesset. In the 2015 elections Yesh Atid lost 8 seats.

 

Yesh Atid defines itself as a center party, and focuses more on social issues, civic issues, and issues of governance than on political-security issues. Among the causes it champions, Yesh Atid calls for political reform by means of a significant increase in the electoral threshold, limiting the number of ministers in the government, and stabilizing the position of the Prime Minister. Education is a central focus of the party. Yesh Atid also advocates equal military service by members of all sectors of Israeli society and hopes that within several years every Israeli citizen will serve the country through military or national civil service.

In the run-up to the 2019 elections Yesh Atid joined the Israel Resilience Party and Telem to form the Blue and White list. Yair Lapid was placed in the second spot in the joint list.

 

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Election Year Votes Count Number Of Seats Share Of Votes List Of Candidates Platform
2015 371,602 11 8.8 Candidates Candidates Platform Platform
2013 543,458 19 14.3 Candidates Candidates Platform Platform

Yair Lapid, Shay Piron, Yael German

Yesh Atid was the senior coalition partner in Benjamin Netanyahu’s third government, which took office in March 2013. Five ministries were given to representatives of this party: Finance (Yair Lapid), Education (Shay Piron), Health (Yael German), Welfare (Meir Cohen), and Science (Yaakov Peri). In early December 2014, Prime Minister Netanyahu fired Finance Minister Yair Lapid. Soon after, the rest of the ministers of Yesh Atid resigned their posts. Yesh Atid was an opposition party during the 20th Knesset (2015-2019).