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      Top Journalist Says Lapid 'Dangerous as Politician'

      Deputy Editor of Maariv says Yair Lapid has no known positions on public issues.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 1/10/2012, 11:42 AM

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      Yair Lapid
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      Journalist-turned-politician Yair Lapid is "a dangerous man," says Maariv Deputy Editor Shai Golden, "because he has no political views that are known to the public."

      "Throughout his years of writing he has been busy hiding his positions and has said many things that contradict each other, so that if you analyze his statements in depth you discover that they are completely empty," Golden told Globes.

      He added that Lapid's switch from journalism to politics marks a new low in the history of Israeli politics, "in which a helium balloon succeeds in pulling hundreds of thousands of voters behind it."

      Golden's attack may have something to do with the fact that for years, Lapid has been writing a column for Yediot Aharonot, Maariv's chief rival (alongside relative newcomer Yisrael Hayom). He warned that Lapid would not receive favorable media coverage – "except maybe from Yediot."

      Polls give Lapid anywhere from 7 to 20 seats in the next Knesset. While it is true that his opinions on political issues are largely a mystery, he made his disregard for Gush Katif protesters plainly visible in 2006 when he mocked a soldier who refused to shake hands with Disengagement Chief of Staff Dan Halutz.