Yair Lapid
Yair LapidIsrael news photo: Flash 90

Yair Lapid, the head of the newly formed left-centrist Yesh Atid (Future) party, said Sunday that he opposes the division of Jerusalem.

"Jerusalem will not be divided," Lapid said in in interview to the Knesset Channel. "Saying that if we only divide Jerusalem – then there will be peace, is defeatism."

As for the Arabs' much-touted "right of return," Lapid said: "There is no right of return. At first they spoke of the refugees of 1948. Why do the Palestinians have to be the only people in the world with second generation refugees? There is no second generation refugee status anywhere in international law. This invention by UNRWA does not oblige us."

"The Golan Heights are ours," Lapid said. "Who will we negotiate with?"

Earlier in the day, it was reported that Rabbi Shai Piron, founding principal of the Petach Tikva Yeshurun Girls High School and the boys yeshiva there, as well as member of the Tzohar rabbis organization, will be the number two man on Lapid's Knesset list. He has also worked to bring religious and secular Israelis together. 

It is sometimes easier for people who want to enter the Knesset to do so on a non-religious list, where they are considered vote-getters - that is, if they are willing to be on a non-religious party list. The religious Zionist parties  have always many more talented and suitable people to chose from than they could hope to have seats in the Knesset. Israel has many innovative rabbinic educators whose accomplishments are similar to Rabbi Piron's.